Caproni CA-73

1st Flight 1925
The Caproni Ca.73 was an Italian airliner produced during the 1920s which went on to serve as a light bomber in the newly independent Regia Aeronautica.
Caproni Ca.79
It was an inverted sesquiplane with a biplane tail and two engines mounted in a push-pull configuration within a common nacelle mounted on struts in the interplane gap above the fuselage.
Caproni Ca.73
The two pilots sat in an open cockpit, while ten passengers could be accommodated within the fuselage.
Caproni Ca.79
The publication of General Giulio Douhet’s seminal treatise on strategic bombing Il dominio dell’aria (The Command of the Air) in 1921 had left Italy’s military planners acutely aware of a lack of this capability.
Caproni Ca.73
Established as a separate service in 1923, the Regia Aeronautica relied upon World War I-vintage Caproni Ca.3 bombers, and a replacement was soon sought.
Caproni Ca.79
The immediate solution was to repurpose the Ca.73 as a warplane by adding a gunner’s position in the nose, dorsally, and ventrally amidships.
Caproni Ca.73
Bombs were carried on external racks on the fuselage sides.
Caproni Ca.74
Ca.73s remained in frontline service until 1934, and from 1926 onwards participated in Italy’s military actions in North Africa.
Caproni Ca.73
Variants
Ca.73, Ca.73, Ca.73, Ca.74, Ca.80, Ca.80S, Ca.82, Ca.88, Ca.89
Caproni Ca.73
Specifications-
Crew: two pilots
Capacity: ten passengers
Length: 15.10 m (49 ft 7 in)
Caproni Ca.73
Wingspan: 25.00 m (82 ft 0 in)
Height: 5.60 m (18 ft 5 in)
Wing area: 143.0 m2 (1,539 sq ft)
Caproni Ca.74
Empty weight: 3,400 kg (7,496 lb)
Gross weight: 5,390 kg (11,883 lb)
Power plant: 2 × Isotta Fraschini Asso 500 , 373 kW (500 hp) each
Caproni Ca.73
Performance
Maximum speed: 180 km/h (112 mph, 97 kn)
Caproni Ca.82
Endurance: 3 hours
Service ceiling: 4,600 m (15,080 ft)
Caproni Ca.73
Credits-
Aeroplani Caproni: Gianni Caproni and His Aircraft, 1910-1983–Rosario Abate, Gregory Alegi, Giorgio Apostolo
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