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Italy's Caproni Ca.313 reconnaissance


The Caproni Ca.313 was delayed because of difficulties in getting the Isotta-Fraschini engines ready.

The engines were inline and thus provided for an improved aerodynamics.


The pilot and co-pilot (or navigator) sat in the transparent nose with the bombardier. There were two sets of controls.

The gunner was positioned behind the pilots.


The Ca.313 had two steel tube frames that were bolted together. These were covered by fabric.

Landing Gear

The hydraulically operated landing gear on the Ca.313 retracted backwards into the engine nacelles. They could be hand cranked in an emergency.


The tail had a wood frame with a fabric covering.


The Ca.313 had a low cantilever wing that was constructed from wood. The portions between the spars were made watertight and could help in floating in water if it had to made an emergency water landing.


A modified Ca.310 with Isotta-Frashini Asso 120 IRCC 40 engines became the prototype for the Ca.313. The Caproni Ca.313 prototype first flew in December 22, 1939 / 1940.


On October 1, 1939, France ordered 200 Ca.313s. Great Britain ordered 300 and Sweden ordered 64.

  • Caproni Ca.313: 215
    • Production: 1940 - ?
  • Caproni Ca.313G: 3
  • Manufacturer: Società Italiana Caproni


  • Ca.313: Used by Sweden.
  • Ca.313F: Five delivered to France.
  • Ca.313G: Built for the Luftwaffe to be used as a trainer and liaison aircraft. Took around 23,000 man hours to complete.


The Ca.313s had many faults in the hydraulic and electrical systems mainly due to poor components being used.


The Ca.313 was used with the 13°, 15°, 19°, and 41° Stormi. They were also used by the CSIR on the Eastern Front.


Sweden received 82 of the 90 ordered in 1940. Due to malfunctions the Swedes lost 44 airmen.


  • B 16: Bomber
  • S 16: Reconnaissance
  • T 16: Torpedo Bomber
  • Tp 16: Transport

Post World War II

After World War II some Ca.313s and Ca.314s were used into the 1950s. Ten were ordered by the Italian Air Force in 1947.


  Caproni Ca.313
Type Light Reconnaissance Bomber, Reconniassance, Transport, Torpedo bomber
Crew 3, 3 - 4
Pilot, co-pilot / navigator, bombardier, gunner
Engine (Type) 2: Isotta-Fraschini Delta RC 35
Cylinders V 12, Inverted V 12
HP 650 each, 700 each
Cooling Air
Span 53' 6", 54' 8"
16.3 m
Length 38' 9", 39' 9"
11.8 m
Height 12' 2", 14' 4"
4.37 m
Empty 9,832 lb
Loaded 12,450 lb, 13,020 lb, 13,477 lb
5,652 kg
Speed 248 mph
397 kph
Speed at 11,500' 271 mph
Speed at 16,500' 268 mph
Speed - Cruising 217 mph
Service ceiling 22,300', 23,950', 29,035'
6,800 m
Range 746 miles, 795 miles
Armament 3: 7.7 mm MG
Cabin - Roof 1: MG , 7.7 mm
Turret - Dorsal 1: 12.7 mm
Ventral 1: 7.7 mm
Wings 2: 12.7 mm
Wing - Port 1: MG
Bombs 880 lb, 1,100 lb


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