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Italy's CANT Z.1018 Leone (lion) bomber

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  • CANT Z.1018 bomber

 

Design

The CANT Z.1018 bomber was designed by Engineer Zappata.

An early design (prototypes) of the CANT Z.1018 was of wood but it wasn't developed. The production CANT Z.1018 was of all metal construction.

Armament

There was a Caproni Lanciani Delta F turret in the dorsal position with a 12.7 mm gun installed.

Engines

The following engines were tried in the prototypes:

  • Piaggio P.XII R.C.35, radial, 1,500 HP
  • Piaggio P.XV R.C.45, radial, 1,400 HP
  • Alfa Romeo 135 R.C.32, radial, 1,400 HP
  • FIAT R.A.1050 R.C.58 Tifone (typhoon), liquid cooled, 1,475 HP

Prototypes

The first prototype had four blade propellers and a twin tail fin and flew in 1940.

  • CANT Z.1018 prototypes: 6

Production

In 1941 an order was placed for 300 Z.1018s.

  • CANT Z.1018:
  • Manufacturer: Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico

Variants

  • CANT Z.1018:
  • CANT Z.1018?: Torpedo version that was never constructed.
  • CANT Z.1018?: Fighter version that was never constructed. Armed with seven 20 mm cannons and two machine guns in the nose and three 12.7 mm defensive machine guns.
  • CANT Z.1018?: Night fighter version that was never constructed. Was to have German Lichtenstein SN 2 radar in the nose.

Usage

Units

Z.1018 bombers equipped the 101° Gruppo of the 47° Stormo Bombardimento Terrestre right before the Armistice and thus saw little action.

Specifications

  CANT Z.1018
Type Bomber, Medium Bomber
Crew 4
Engine (Type) 2: Piaggio P.XII RC 35
OR 2: Alfa Romeo 135 R.C.32 Tornado
Cylinders Radial 18
HP 1,350 each
Cooling Air
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 73' 9.75", 73' 10"
Length 57' 9"
Height 19' 11.5", 20'
Wing area 679.2 sq ft
Weight  
Loaded 25,400 lb
Performance  
Speed 323 mph
Speed at 14,700' 325 mph
Climb to 6,560' 3 minutes 10 seconds
Service ceiling 23,785', 23,800'
Range 700 - 1,367 miles, 830 miles
Armament 5: MG
Turret - Dorsal 1: 12.7 mm
Fuselage - Sides 2: 7.7 mm
Ventral 1: 12.7 mm
Wing - Starboard Root 1: 12.7 mm
Bombs 4,400 lb
6: 550 lb

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Jonathan Thompson, 1963
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site