Caproni Ca.135S "Tipo Spagna".

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Caproni Ca.135S “Tipo Spagna”.

History.

In the middle of '30s the Regia Aeronautica asked the various aeronautical industries of the time for a bomber capable of modernizing and strengthening the ranks of the bombers lines. The Caproni responded to the tender with a medium bomber called Caproni Ca.135. The vehicle passed the tender and entered the ranks of the Air Force, but unfortunately the vehicle was born old and was kept for a long time, which aggravated the problems of the aircraft. Despite all this, the aircraft was used by the Regia Aeronautica and also by the Hungarian, Peruvian and Spanish air forces and the last example ended its life in 1942 among the Hungarian ranks, after having had a very troubled and unsatisfactory life for its pilots. Some of these bombers, seven to be precise, had their engines modified and were sent into service with the Legionary Aviation during the Spanish Civil War. Of these aircraft, most were lost due to breakdowns and failures, and the only two that arrived intact were placed in storage and never saw combat use.

Armaments and propulsion.

The defensive armament of the bomber consisted of 2 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns and 1 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT placed in various positions to cover as much of the aircraft as possible and provide it with a good defense against enemy fighters. In terms of bomb load, the aircraft could carry a maximum of 1600 kg of bombs, although due to this and its engines it often risked not taking off due to overloading.
Speaking of engines, the plane was powered by two Fiat A.80 R.C.41 with 1,000 HP, which allowed the plane to reach a maximum speed of 408 km/h and a ceiling height of 7900 m. The vehicle’s performance remained nearly unchanged (except for the top speeds), except that the Fiat engine was known for its low reliability.

Specifications.

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Crew: 5
Length: 14,38 m
Wingspan: 18,80 m
Height: 3,40
Empty weight: 6,051 kg
Gross weight: 9,548 kg
Powerplant: 2 × Fiat A.80 R.C.41 with 1000 hp each
Maximum speed: 408 km/h
Maximum range: 2,000 km
Service ceiling: 6,500 m
Maximum rate of climb: 5.6 m/s
Weapons: 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, 1x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT and 1600 kg of bombs

Pictures and drawnings.

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Sources.

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Caproni Ca.135 - Wikipedia
Caproni Ca.135 - Wikipedia
STORMO! Cunardmodel 1/72 Caproni-Bergamaschi Ca.135S by Richard Mendes
Caproni CA.135 History and Specifications - Comando Supremo
Caproni Ca.135/A.80 : Caproni / Caproni Bergamaschi / Caproni Vizzola
Caproni Ca.135, Aerei militari, Schede tecniche aerei militari italiani e storia degli aviatori

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+1 gooooodd!


Ugh this is ugly! But the rest is good, WTF?

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+1!
I’m really liking the bomber suggestions you’ve been making!

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+1 peculiar plane would love to play it

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