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Feb 14, 2014, 11:18 AM
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Caproni-Begamaschi Ca.310 & Ca. 310 bis

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The Caproni-Begamaschi Ca.310 Libeccio (Italian: southwest wind) was an Italian monoplane, twin-engine reconnaissance aircraft used in World War II. Derived from the similar Ca.309, it had its combat debut during the Spanish Civil War, and took part in the earlier phases of World War II in Libya. Some were used in attack groups as a temporary replacement for the unsatisfactory Breda Ba.65. The last Ca.310 was retired by the Italian Air Force in 1948.

The Ca.310 was designed as a low-wing monoplane reconnaissance/bomber, being essentially a version of the semi-military Ca.309 with retractable landing gear and uprated engines. The fuselage was of welded steel tube construction with a covering of light alloy panels and fabric, while the empennage/tail unit was of wooden construction with plywood skin on its fixed portions and fabric covering on control surfaces.

Above the fuselage, mounted in line with the wing trailing edges was a manually operated dorsal turret armed with a single rifle-caliber (7.7 mm/0.303 in) Breda-SAFAT machine gun.

General characteristics

Crew: 3
Length: 12.20 m (40 ft)
Wingspan: 16.20 m (53 ft)
Height: 3.52 m (11.5 ft)
Wing area: 38.7 m (127 ft)
Empty weight: 3,040 kg (6,702 lb)
Loaded weight: 4,650 kg (10,251 lb)
Powerplant: 2 Piaggio Stella P.VII C.16/35, 350 kW (470 hp) each


Maximum speed: 365 km/h (227 mph)
Cruise speed: 285-312 km/h (177-194 mph)
Range: 1,690 km (1,050 mi)
Service ceiling: 7,000 m (22,966 ft)


Guns: 3 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Breda SAFAT machine guns (2 7.7 mm/0.303 in machine guns fixed forward firing mounted in the wing roots; 1 7.7 mm/0.303 in machine gun in a dorsal turret)
Bombs: up to 450 kg (992 lb)


Last edited by TedD60; Feb 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM.
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Feb 14, 2014, 11:20 AM
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A series of 12 Ca.310bis were produced for Yugoslavia. This variant differed mainly in having an unstepped, glazed nose. The prototype Ca.310bis served as the development for the Caproni-Begamaschi Ca.311.

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