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Italy's Caproni Bergamaschi Ca.310 Libeccio (south west wind)

Design

Was originally designed to be used by the RAF, but the war started and the order was ended.1

The first Ca.310 flew on February 20, 1937.1

Production

  • Ca.310: 1611

Variants

  • Ca.310: Similar to Ca.309.3 Landing gear was retractable.3
  • Ca.310bis: Ordered by Yugoslavia.2 Had glazed nose.2 Prototype for Ca.311.4
  • Ca.310 idro: Had twin floats.4

Usage

The Ca.310 series were used by Croatia1,4, Czechoslovakia4, France1, Germany1, Hungary1,4, Norway1,2,4, Peru2,4, Spain4, Sweden1, and Yugoslavia1,2.

The Hungarians returned their planes and they were used by the Regia Aeronautica.1

Norway purchased four planes and they were destroyed by during the German invasion.1

Specifications

  Ca.310
Engine (Type) 2: Piaggio C.351,4
2: Piaggio P.VII C.352
2: Piaggio P.VII3
OR 2: Piaggio C.164
Cylinders Radial1,2, Radial 74
HP - C.16 430 each4
HP - C.35 470 each2,3,4
Dimensions  
Length 40' 0.25"4
Weight  
Empty 6,730 lb4
Loaded 10,250 lb4
Performance  
Maximum speed 218 - 227 mph4
Cruising speed 177 - 196 mph4
Climb to 6,560' 6 minutes 40 seconds4
Climb to 13,120' 12 minutes 23 seconds4
Climb to 16,400' 15 minutes 32 seconds4
Service ceiling 22,960'4
Range 745 - 1,025 miles4
Armament  
Wings 2: 7.7 mm MG4
Dorsal 1: 7.7 mm MG4
Bombs 880 lb4

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, General Editor: Jim Winchester, 2004
  2. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  3. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  4. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Jonathan Thompson, 1963
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