Caproni Campini Ca.183bis

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Caproni Campini C.A.183bis
Role fighter
Manufacturer Caproni-Campini
Developed from Caproni Campini N.1

The Caproni-Campini Ca.183bis was a projected high-altitude fighter intended to have both piston and jet propulsion.

Design and development[edit]

The Ca.183bis was intended to have a 1,250 hp (932 kW) Daimler-Benz DB 605 in the nose driving a six-bladed contra-rotating propeller, augmented by a secondary piston engine behind the cockpit driving a Campini compressor, expected to furnish a 60 mph boost from jet thrust for an optimistic maximum speed of 460 mph with a range of 1,242 miles. One 20 mm cannon was to be in the prop hub with four more in the wings. Weight was to be 16,538 lb.[1]

The Italians already had knowledge of the German jets through their Rome-Berlin pact and worked together at Riva del Garda (Renamed the Hermann Goering Institute)[when?]) on advanced jet designs that included a Turboproietti Jet Round Bomb (Italian V-1 type unmanned weapon) and a disc aircraft with two slung turbojets, various rim intakes for another internal engine, a domed canopy, and two canted tailfins. This was only discovered recently after the designer died and the plans were discovered in his apartment. Apparently, this is probably what Mussolini referred to as the "Piastra di Volo" (Flying Plate) design.

Specifications (Daimler Benz DB605)[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Wingspan: 48 ft (15 m)
  • Max takeoff weight: 16,538 lb (7,502 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Daimler-Benz DB 605 piston engine, 1,250 hp (930 kW)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Fiat A.30 piston engine, 700 hp (520 kW) driving a Campini thermo-jet engine
  • Propellers: 6-bladed contra-rotating

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 460 mph (740 km/h; 400 kn)
  • Range: 1,242 mi (1,079 nmi; 1,999 km)

Armament

  • Guns: 4x 20 mm (0.787 in) cannons in the wings and 1x 30 mm (1.181 in) or 20 mm (0.787 in) cannon firing through the hub of the contra-rotating propeller.

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thompson, Jonathan (1963). Italian Civil & Military Aircraft 1930-1945 (1st ed.). New York: Aero Publishers Inc. p. 94. ISBN 0-8168-6500-0. 

References[edit]

Thompson, Jonathan (1963). Italian Civil & Military Aircraft 1930-1945 (1st ed.). New York: Aero Publishers Inc. p. 94. ISBN 0-8168-6500-0. 

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