CANT 25

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CANT 25
CANT 25M.jpg
The CANT 25M, the initial version of the CANT 25.
Role Flying-boat fighter
Manufacturer CANT
Designer Raffaele Conflenti
First flight 1927
Introduction 1931
Primary user Regia Aeronautica
CANT 25 in water.jpg

The CANT 25 was an Italian shipboard single-seat biplane flying boat fighter that entered service with the Regia Aeronautica (Italian Royal Air Force) in 1931.

Design and development[edit]

The CANT 25 was developed from the earlier CANT 18 flying boat to meet a requirement for a flying boat fighter for the Regia Aeronautica. The aircraft was of wooden construction and was armed with two fixed, forward-firing 7.7-millimeter (0.303-inch) Vickers machine guns.[1] It was built in two versions, the CANT 25M with removable wings and the CANT 25AR which was strengthened for catapult launching and had folding wings.

The CANT 25M appeared first, in 1931. It had Warren truss-type interplane bracing and a 306-kilowatt (410-horsepower) Fiat A.20 12-cylinder water-cooled engine mounted to drive a two-bladed pusher propeller, and was used for catapult trials aboard warships of the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy). It was replaced by the CANT 25AR—AR stood for Ali Ripiegabili, Italian for "Folding Wings"—which instead had vertical interplane bracing struts to allow the outer panels of the wings to fold to the rear. It also had strengthened tailplane bracing and a more powerful engine, a 328-kilowatt (440-horsepower) version of the Fiat A.20.[1]

Variants[edit]

CANT 25M
Initial version with detachable wings
CANT 25AR
Later version strengthened for catapult launching and with folding wings

Operators[edit]

 Italy

Specifications[edit]

CANT25M[edit]

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing: 1985.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 8.75 m (28 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.00 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • Gross weight: 1,645 kg (3,627 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Fiat A.20 12-cylinder water-cooled, 306 kW (410 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 242 km/h (150 mph; 131 kn)

Armament

CANT 25AR[edit]

Data from Green, William, and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Every Fighter Aircraft Built and Flown. New York: SMITHMARK Publishers, 1994. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8. p. 108.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 8.75 m (28 ft 8 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.40 m (34 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.12 m (10 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 30.90 m2 (332.6 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,276 kg (2,813 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,706 kg (3,761 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Fiat A.20 12-cylinder water-cooled, 328 kW (440 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed

Performance
 • Maximum speed: 245 km/h (152 mph; 132 kn) at sea level
 • Climb rate: 26 min 30 sec to 5,000 m (16,405 ft)
 • Range: 900 km (560 mi) at 120 km/h (74 mph; 65 kn)Armament

See also[edit]

Related lists

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Green and Swanborough, p. 106.

References[edit]

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing: 1985.
  • Green, William, and Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Every Fighter Aircraft Built and Flown. New York: SMITHMARK Publishers, 1994. ISBN 0-8317-3939-8.