Caproni Campini Ca.183bis

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Caproni Campini C.A.183bis
Role high altitude interceptor/fighter
Manufacturer Caproni-Campini
Status One incomplete prototype
Primary user Kingdom of Italy / Sociale Repubblica Italiana
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 100 km/h (60 mph) boost from jet thrust for an optimistic maximum speed of 740 km/h (460 mph) with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 mi). One 20 mm or 30 mm cannon was to be in the propeller hub with four more 20 mm cannon in the wings. Weight was to be 7,500 kg (16,500 lb).[1] The prototype was completed at 80% by the time of the armistice. The Italians continued working on it when Mussolini took power again 18 September 1943, also with the help of the Germans, however various attack against military structures slowed the development and the prototype was probably destroyed in 1944.

Specifications (Daimler Benz DB605)[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 15 m (49 ft 3 in)
  • Max takeoff weight: 7,500 kg (16,535 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Daimler-Benz DB 605 piston engine, 930 kW (1,250 hp)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Fiat A.30 piston engine, 520 kW (700 hp) driving a Campini thermo-jet engine
  • Propellers: 6-bladed contra-rotating

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 740 km/h (460 mph; 400 kn)
  • Range: 2,000 km (1,243 mi; 1,080 nmi)

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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