Caproni Ca.3 Bomber Plane
The Caproni Ca.3 was an Italian heavy bomber and torpedo bomber produced during WW1 developed from the earlier Ca.1 and Ca.2 bombers, the prototype Caproni Ca.3 first flew in late 1916 and entered operational service shortly after with Italian, British, French and American squadrons. Caproni Ca.3 bombers saw extensive use against the Axis forces during WWI but exact production records no longer exist, although it is estimated that between 250 and 300 aircraft were actually produced. It is of note that some Caproni Ca.3 bombers survived WWI and later saw action again during Italy's early assaults on North Africa as part of Benito Mussolini's Empire building strategy.
Caproni Ca.3 Specifications:
- Crew: Pilot, co-pilot, front gunner and rear gunner
- Length: 11.05 m (36 ft 3 in)
- Wingspan: 22.74 m (74 ft 7 in)
- Height: 3.70 m (12 ft 2 in)
- Empty weight: 2,300 kg (5,060 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 3,800 kg (8,360 lb)
- Engine: Three 112 kW (150 hp) Isotta-Fraschini V.4B engines
- Maximum speed: 137 km/h (72 knots, 86 mph)
- Range: 599 km (430 nm, 374 mi)
- Service ceiling 4,844 m (25,892 ft)
Caproni Ca.3 Armament:
- Twin 6.5 mm or 7.7 mm Fiat-Revelli machine guns
- 800 kg (1,760 lb) of bombs
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