Caproni CA-101 / CA-102

1st Flight 1928
The Caproni Ca.101 was a three-engine Italian airliner which later saw military use as a transport and bomber.
Caproni Ca.101
It was designed in 1927 and first flown in 1928.
Caproni Ca.101
The Regia Aeronautica ordered 72 Ca.101 and 34 Ca.102.
Caproni Ca.102
These aircraft served with 8 and 9 Wing (Ca.102) and 7 Wing (Ca.101).
Caproni Ca.102
Though the Ca.102 was more advanced, only the Ca.101 served in the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.
Caproni Ca.101
Though vulnerable to small arms fire, the aircraft proved generally effective. Several were also used as airliners, flying from Italy to Africa.
Caproni Ca.101
In 1939, the Regia Aeronautica retired their Ca.101’s.
Caproni Ca.102
The Ca.102’s were apparently retired before that, possibly because the twin-engine layout gave less overall reliability.
Caproni Ca.102
Variants-
Ca.101, Ca.101bis, Ca.101 Bi, Ca.102,Ca.102quarter, Ca.111.
Caproni Ca.101
Specifications-
Crew: three (pilot, co-pilot, gunner/observer)
Caproni Ca.101
Capacity: eight soldiers or four wounded or 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) of cargo
Length: 13.5 m (44 ft 4 in)
Caproni Ca.102 Bristol Jupiter engine
Wingspan: 18.8 m (61 ft 8 in)
Height: 3.6 m (11 ft 10 in)
Caproni Ca.102
Wing area: 52 m2 (560 sq ft)
Empty weight: 2,450 kg (5,390 lb)
Caproni Ca.101
Gross weight: 3,950 kg (8,690 lb)
Power plant: 3 × Alfa Romeo licence-built Armstrong Siddeley Lynx , 149 kW (200 hp) each
Caproni Ca.101
Performance
Maximum speed: 210 km/h (130 mph, 110 kn)
Caproni Ca.102
Range: 1,000 km (621 mi, 540 nmi)
Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,400 ft)
Caproni Ca.102
Rate of climb: 2.6 m/s (512 ft/min)
Armament
2 × 7.7 mm (.303 in) Lewis Guns in the nose and ventral position.
Caproni Ca.101
There was sometimes a twin forward installation and a dorsal defensive turret mounted.
250 × 2 kg (4.4 lb) or 40 × 12 kg (26.4 lb) bombs carried internally.
Caproni Ca.101
Credits-
Aeroplani Caproni: Gianni Caproni and His Aircraft, 1910-1983–Rosario Abate, Gregory Alegi, Giorgio Apostolo
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