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Caproni Ca.111

 

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Ca.111 bis RC


The Ca 111 was a derivative of the Ca 101, and its prototype was converted from a Ca 101, the main difference being the substitution of a single 750-hp Isotta-Fraschid Asso 750 RC engine in the nose, in place of the tri-motor arrangement of the earlier aircraft. Carrying a crew of two to four, it was armed with up to four machine-guns in dorsal, ventral and two beam positions, and could also carry a light bombload internally and/or externally.


A total of 152 was built for the Regia Aeronautica, in three main versions: the Ca 111 bis (750-hp Fiat A.80 engine), Ca 111 bis RC (Asso 750 RC engine), and a twin-float torpedo bomber version of the latter designated Ca 111 bis Idro.


The landplane models gave widespread support to the Italian ground forces during the Ethiopian campaign of 1935-36, and some remained in service after Italy's entry into the Second World War in 1940, when they were used as transports or for anti-partisan nuisance raids in the Balkan theatre of opera-tions. One Ca 111 still survived at the time of the Italian surrender in September 1943.

Ca 111 bis
Engine: 750-hp Fiat A.80 engine

Ca 111 bis RC
Engine: Asso 750 RC, 970 hp.
Prop: 4-blade.
Wing span: 64 ft 7.5 in (19.68 m).
Length: 50 ft 2.25 in (15.30 m).
Wing area: 664.13 sq ft (61.70 sq.m)
Gross weight: 11,795 lb (5,350 kg)
Max speed: 186 mph (300 kph).
Range: 1,245 miles (2,000 km).
Accommodation: Crew of 3-4.

Ca 111 bis Idro
torpedo bomber version
Undercarriage: twin-float

 


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