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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.

The first Ca.310 flew on February 20, 1937.

Production

  • Ca.310: 161

Variants

  • Ca.310: Similar to Ca.309. Landing gear was retractable.
  • Ca.310bis: Ordered by Yugoslavia. Had glazed nose. Prototype for Ca.311.
  • Ca.310 idro: Had twin floats.

Usage

The Ca.310 series were used by Croatia, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Peru, Spain, Sweden, and Yugoslavia.

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

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

Specifications

  Ca.310
Engine (Type) 2: Piaggio C.35
2: Piaggio P.VII C.35
2: Piaggio P.VII
OR 2: Piaggio C.16
Cylinders Radial, Radial 7
HP - C.16 430 each
HP - C.35 470 each
Dimensions  
Length 40' 0.25"
Weight  
Empty 6,730 lb
Loaded 10,250 lb
Performance  
Maximum speed 218 - 227 mph
Cruising speed 177 - 196 mph
Climb to 6,560' 6 minutes 40 seconds
Climb to 13,120' 12 minutes 23 seconds
Climb to 16,400' 15 minutes 32 seconds
Service ceiling 22,960'
Range 745 - 1,025 miles
Armament  
Wings 2: 7.7 mm MG
Dorsal 1: 7.7 mm MG
Bombs 880 lb

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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