Caproni Ca.30

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Caproni Ca.1/Ca.30
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Caproni
First flight 1913 [1][2][3]
Primary user ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Wingspan 21.9 m (71 ft 10 in) [4] to 22.2 m (72 ft 10 in)[5]
Engine 90hp Curtiss inline
and 2×80hp Gnome rotaries
Armament 1-2 Revelli MGs [4] or 2-4 MGs[5] and 450 kg (1,000 lb) of bombs[5]
Crew 4 [5]
Max Speed 109 km/h (68 mph) [4] to 137 km/h (85 mph)[5]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 15:00 [4]
Ceiling 4,100 m (13,500 ft)[5]
Endurance 3:30[5]

The first large Caproni bomber, the Caproni Ca.30, concentrated both the crew and all three engines in the central nacelle, with the Gnome rotaries driving propellers on the outboard booms via transmission gearing and drive shafts. The follow-on, the Caproni Ca.31, simplified things by moving the Gnome engines directly to the booms. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Caproni Ca.2.

References

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 Munson, p.156.
  2. Lamberton, p.164.
  3. Angelucci, p.75.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Lamberton, p.226-227.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Angelucci, p.67.
Bibliography
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711