CAMS 33

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33
Role Reconnaissance flying boat
Manufacturer CAMS
Designer Raffaele Conflenti
First flight 1923
Number built 21

The CAMS 33 was a reconnaissance flying boat built in France in the early 1920s. It was designed in response to a French Navy requirement for new flying boats for various roles.

Design and development[edit]

Chantiers Aéro-Maritimes de la Seine (CAMS) submitted prototype aircraft in two categories for the Navy requirement - as both a reconnaissance aircraft and a transport. The design was a conventional biplane flying boat with equal-span unstaggered wings and two engines mounted in a single nacelle in tractor-pusher configuration on struts in the interplane gap. Accommodation consisted of an open cockpit for two, plus open bow and dorsal gun positions on the reconnaissance machine, or an enclosed cabin for seven passengers on the transport version.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The transport (33C or 33T) was passed over, but the armed reconnaissance version was accepted for production as the 33B. Twelve aircraft were eventually produced for the French Navy, these equipping Escadrille 1R1 at Cherbourg-Chantereyne. Yugoslavia purchased another six machines. The 33T prototype flew under civil registration for a few years, but was unable to attract customers.[2]

Operators[edit]

 France
 Kingdom of Yugoslavia

Specifications (33B)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: three-four
  • Length: 13.23 m (43 ft 5 in)
  • Wingspan: 17.62 m (57 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 4.88 m (16 ft 0 in)
  • Gross weight: 4,000 kg (8,818 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Hispano-Suiza 8F, 208 kW (275 hp) each each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 175 km/h (109 mph)
  • Range: 820 km (510 miles)
  • Endurance: 18 hours  0 min
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,405 ft)

Armament

  • 1 × trainable .303 Lewis gun in bow position
  • 1 × trainable .303 Lewis gun in dorsal position
  • 300 kg (660 lb) of bombs carried under lower wing

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor and Alexander 1969, pp. 78–79.
  2. ^ Taylor 1989, p. 226.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Taylor, John W. R. and Jean Alexander. Combat Aircraft of the World. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1969. ISBN 0-71810-564-8.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions, 1989. ISBN 0-517-69186-8.
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing, File 891, Sheet 02.