Caproni Ca.103

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Ca.103
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Caproni
First flight 1929
Number built 1

The Caproni Ca.103 was a biplane twin-engine bomber developed by the Italian company Aeronautica Caproni in the late 1920s.

Design[edit]

The Ca.103 had a fuselage, with a rectangular section and made of welded tubes, that integrated the two-seater closed cockpit placed at the wing connection edge and intercommunicating with the three positions for machine guns and pointer. On the rear, it ended up with a single drift fletching equipped with horizontal counter-braced sesquiplane planes , connected to each other by a pair of "V-shaped" uprights, and with the lower plane with adjustable incidence in flight. The wing configuration was sesquiplana inverted with neutral scaling, ie with a higher wing plane with a significantly shorter opening and positioned directly above the lower one, the latter being the only one with a differential slit aileron . The wings, both characterized by a sensitive positive dihedral angle , were connected to each other by a series of riser pairs in Warren truss configuration. The landing gear had a fixed classic tricycle configuration, with a front element with an interrupted axle and an elastic upright, with uncovered wheels equipped with brakes, integrated at the back by a swiveling support wheel which was also elastically cushioned.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Aeroplani Caproni dal 1908 al 1935[2]

General characteristics

  • Length: 14.5 m (47 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 23 m (75 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 6 m (19 ft 8 in)
  • Wing area: 130 m2 (1,400 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 4,200 kg (9,259 lb)
  • Gross weight: 6,700 kg (14,771 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Fiat A.24 V-12 water-cooled piston engines, 560 kW (750 hp) each
  • Propellers: 2-bladed pusher and tractor propellers

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 200 km/h (120 mph, 110 kn)
  • Service ceiling: 6,000 m (20,000 ft)

Armament

  • Guns: 3 × 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine guns
  • Bombs: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) of bombs

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canponi Ca.103". Airwar.ru. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  2. ^ Caproni, Gianni (1937). Aeroplani Caproni dal 1908 al 1935 (in Italian). Milan: Edizioni d'arte Emilio Bestetti. p. 298.