Caproni Ca.42

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Caproni Ca.42
Caproni Ca.42-Royal Naval Air Service.jpg
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Caproni
Introduction 1918 [1]
Primary users ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RNAS)
Number built 12 [1]
Developed from Ca.41
Variants Ca.43
Wingspan 29.9 m (98 ft 1 in)[2]
Engine 3×Fiat, Liberty, or 270hp Isotta-Fraschini
Armament nose flexible MG
2×rear flexible MG[note 1]
1,450 kg (3,200 lb)[3] of bombs
Crew 4[2]-5[1]
Max Speed 126 km/h (78 mph)[2] to 140 km/h (87 mph)[4]
Ceiling 3,000 m (9,840 ft)[4][2]
Endurance 7:00[4][2]

The final production series of the large Caproni Ca.4 series was the Caproni Ca.42 of 1918. The engines were increased to larger Isotta-Fraschini, Fiat, or Liberty types for extra lifting capacity. Twenty-three were completed and six were supplied to the R.N.A.S. (where they were on hand April-May 1918[5]), but they did not fly combat missions and were returned to Italy after the Armistice. The Ca.43 was too slow for daylight bombing and quickly moved to night bombing missions instead. [1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Caproni Ca.4.

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

References

Notes
  1. One on the rear of each engine nacelle.
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Munson, p.157.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Angelucci, p.67.
  3. Angelucci, p.75.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Munson, p.81.
  5. Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
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.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
  • Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2