Caproni CA-163 / 164

1st Flight 1938
The Caproni Ca.164 was a training biplane produced in Italy shortly prior to World War II.
CAPRONI CA-164
It was a largely conventional biplane intended as a follow-on to the Ca.100 and sharing that aircraft’s layout with a slightly smaller upper wing.
The prototype was designated the Ca.163, built by Caproni Taliedo and first flown on 17 November 1938.
CAPRONI CA-164
It had a steel tube fuselage, wooden wings, and fabric covering.
Flight testing revealed some poor handling characteristics, however, which made it completely unsuitable for its intended role.
CAPRONI CA-164
Nevertheless, the Regia Aeronautica acquired some 280 examples of the Ca.164 to use in liaison roles within bomber units.
Some of these were pressed into use for tactical reconnaissance during the Croatian campaign. The Armée de l’Air also purchased 100 aircraft.
CAPRONI CA-163
Specifications-
Crew: 2, pilot and instructor
Length: 7.74 m (25 ft 4 in)
CAPRONI CA-164
Wingspan: 9.75 m (32 ft 0 in)
Height: 3.00 m (9 ft 10 in)
Wing area: 22.4 m2 (241 sq ft)
CAPRONI CA-164
Empty weight: 850 kg (1,874 lb)
Gross weight: 1,175 kg (2,590 lb)
Power plant: 1 × Alfa Romeo 115 , 138 kW (185 hp)
CAPRONI CA-163
Performance
Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph, 124 kn)
Range: 530 km (329 mi, 286 nmi)
Service ceiling: 4,200 m (13,780 ft)
Rate of climb: 3.6 m/s (708 ft/min)
CAPRONI CA-164
Credits-
Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945-Jonathan Thompson
Aeroplani Caproni: Gianni Caproni and His Aircraft, 1910-1983–Rosario Abate, Gregory Alegi, Giorgio Apostolo
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