Caproni Ca.44

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Caproni Ca.44
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Role Bomber
Manufacturer Caproni
Introduction early 1918 [1]
Primary users ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Number built [note 1]
Variants Ca.45, Ca.46, Ca.47, Ca.50
Wingspan 23.5 m (77 ft) [4]
Engine 3×200hp Fiat A-12
Armament nose flexible MG and
rear flexible MG
2×75 kg (170 lb) and 9×25 kg (55 lb) bombs [5]
Climb [note 2]

The Caproni Ca.44 was the first in the series of large biplane Caproni Ca.5 bombers. The Ca.5's were somewhat larger than the Caproni Ca.3 bombers that preceded them. The Ca.44 went into service in early 1918 and served through the end of the war, with 255 of the various types built. [1] It was reportedly harder to maintain than the Ca.3's.[3]

French Production

The French had moderate success at the license-produced Caproni Ca.3 and they may have also produced some Caproni 5's in the form of the C.E.P.3 BN3. They also purchased at least twenty directly from Italy in early 1918, and those were redesignated the CAP.3 BN3. [5]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Caproni Ca.5.

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Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:200 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale

1:300 Scale

Resources

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References

Notes
  1. 225[2] - 255[1][3] of all Caproni Ca.5 types built.
  2. French C.E.P.3: 138 km/h (86 mph); 2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 14:00; 5,000 m (16,400 ft) ceiling; 560 km (350 mi) range.[6]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Munson, p.157.
  2. Angelucci, p.75.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lamberton, p.166.
  4. Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Davilla, p.133.
  6. Davilla, p.129.
Bibliography
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • 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