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Caproni Ca.73 / Ca.82 / Ca.88 / Ca.89



Developed in 1925 from Caproni's earlier Ca 66, the Ca 73 was a large two-bay biplane having with the lower wing mounted on top of the fuselage and the much shorter-span upper wing supported above it by struts. The tail unit was biplane horizontal surfaces and a single fin and rudder. The power plant, mounted centrally between the wings, was two 400-hp Lorraine engines mounted in tandem, driving a tractor propeller at the front and a pusher propeller at the rear. The Ca 73 carried nose, dorsal and ventral single machine-guns for defence and its bombs were attached to the fuselage sides beneath the lower wing.

Subsequent versions included the Ca 73 bis (400-hp Lorraines) and Ca 73 ter (490-hp Isotta-Fraschini Asso engines); the latter was later redesignated Ca 82, and carried its bombs attached directly to the lower wing. Caproni also produced developed versions designated Ca 88 (originally Ca 73 quater) and Ca 89, of which the latter had a cockpit windscreen, glazed bomb-aiming panels in the nose, a dorsal turret, and a retractable ventral gun. In over eight years' service, the Ca 73 series served also as paratroop transports and ambulance aircraft.

Span: 25.00 m (82 ft 0.25 in)
Length: 15.10 m (49 ft 6.5 in)
Gross weight: 5000 kg (11023 lb)
Maximum speed: 175 km/h (109 mph)


Engines: 2 x I.F.Asso 500
Span 25 m
Length 15.20 m
Weight 5700 kgs
Max speed 195 Kmh/h
Ceiling 5500 m





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