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The Caproni Ca.33 was the first in the series of Caproni Ca.3 bombers. Italian airfields could be pretty rough, so the undercarriage was strengthened and skids were added. Two pilots sat in tandem with a gunner/observer in the nose and another in a cage above the pusher propeller. Ca.3 aircraft were built from late 1916 though 1918, and they served with a dozen squadriglia and one Italian naval unit, with some still in service at the Armistice. [2]

Caproni Ca.33
Caproni Ca.33.jpg
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Caproni
Primary users ItalianRoundelGreen.png Italy
Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Number built 250[1]-269[2] in Italy[note 1]
Variants Ca.34, Ca.35, Ca.36, Ca.36S, Ca.37
Wingspan 22.2 m (72 ft 10 in) [4]
Engine 3×150hp Isotta Fraschini V4A/B
Armament nose flexible Revelli MG and
1-3×rear flexible Revelli MG
450 kg (1,000 lb)[4] of bombs
Max Speed 137 km/h (85 mph) [4][note 2]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 8:00[4]
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 40:00[4][note 3]
Ceiling 4,100 m (13,400 ft) [4]
Endurance 3:30 [4][note 4]

French ProductionEdit

French attempts at a license-built Caproni Ca.1 proved unsuccessful due to inadequate choices for the engines. The license-produced C.E.P.2 proved a better solution, using the same triple 150hp Isotta-Fraschini solution as the originals. Production was slow, though, and only 41 to 59 of the machines were supplied in 1917. They were supplemented by Italian-built Caproni 3's, redesignated as the CAP.2 B2. French use of the Caproni C.E.P.2 began in March 1916 with CEP 115. [3]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Caproni Ca.3.

Timeline [note 5]Edit

 

Game DataEdit

Wings of GloryEdit

Official Stats
Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
         
XD B/B 25 10 or 11 6

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Aircraft Chart

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ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. 41-59 were built in France.[3]
  2. French C.E.P.2: 120 km/h (75 mph)[5]
  3. French C.E.P.2: 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 8:00, 4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 40:00.[5]
  4. French C.E.P.2: 5:00 endurance.[5]
  5. Dates are approximate.
Citations
  1. Lamberton, p.164.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Munson, p.156.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Davilla, p.133.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Lamberton, pp.226-227.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Davilla, p.129.
Bibliography
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711]