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Italy's Caproni Ca.312 floatplane

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  • Caproni Ca.312 floatplane
  • Caproni Ca.312 floatplane

Design

The Caproni Ca.312 was the floatplane version of the Ca.311.

Variants

  • Caproni Ca.312?: Reconnaissance and bombing model.
  • Caproni Ca.312?: Torpedo bomber model.
  • Ca.312: Experimental based on the Ca.310. Had Piaggio engines and ordered by Belgium and Norway.
  • Ca.312 I.S.: Proposed twin float torpedo bomber.

Usage

Norway ordered twelve Ca.312s in 1939 but none were delivered.

North Africa

A few of the Ca.312s served in North Africa.

Specifications

  Ca.312
Type Bomber, Reconniassance, Torpedo Bomber
Engine (Type) 2: Piaggio P. XVI
2: Piaggio P.XVI R.C.35
Cylinders Radial
HP 630 each, 650 each
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 53' 10"
Length 43' 11"
Weight  
Loaded 12,350 lb
Performance  
Speed 240 mph
Range 540 miles
  Ca.312 I.S.
Dimensions  
Length 43' 11.5"

Sources:

  1. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  2. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Jonathan Thompson, 1963
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