Caproni Ca310 Libeccio

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Description: The Caproni Ca310 Libeccio was an Italian twin-engine light bomber of the thirties. It was designed in early 1937 by the Italian engineer Cesare Pallavicino. It was based on the previous Ca309, which was based on the Ca308. The first prototype flew for the first time in late 1937, and it was already able to show off its great flight performances. The aircraft was described as very maneuverable; indeed, it was capable of making a similar turn to an acrobatic aircraft. The Regia Aeronautica was interested in the new aircraft and ordered a small batch of them. They were used in the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939, where they were able to do their part despite having multiple problems with the engines. In the Second World War, they were not used much. They were deployed on the African front, but they performed only light bombing against small targets. It is not clear if any Ca310 survived until the armistice and was used by the ANR or the Aeronautica Cobelligerante. But there aren’t any known reports that mention that, so most likely no. Indeed, few data are available about the service in the Regia Aeronautica since they were not considered much.

Why it should be in the game: it could give to the Italian TT a new low tier bomber

Specifications

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Crew: 3
Length: 12.2 m (40 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 16.2 m (53 ft 2 in)
Height: 3.52 m (11 ft 7 in)
Wing area: 38.7 m2 (417 sq ft)
Empty weight: 3,040 kg (6,702 lb)
Max take-off weight: 4,650 kg (10,251 lb)
Powerplant: 2 × Piaggio Stella P.VII C.16/35 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 350 kW (470 hp) each
Propellers: 3-bladed variable-pitch propellers
Maximum speed: 365 km/h (227 mph, 197 kn)
Cruise speed: 312 km/h (177–194 mph, 154–168 kn)
Range: 1,690 km (1,050 mi, 910 nmi)
Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)

Armaments

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2x 7.7 mm Foward Firing Breda Safat machineguns
1x 7.7 mm rear firing Greda Safat machingun
Up to 450 kg of bombs
10x 12 kg bombs
10x 15 kg bombs
10x 20 kg bombs
6x 50 kg bombs
4x 100 kg bombs

Sources

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https://www.colettiscombataircraft.com/item/caproni-ca-310-libeccio/
STORMO! Azur 1/72 Caproni-Bergamaschi Ca.310 "Royal Norwegian Air Force" by Luca Bossi
Caproni Ca-310B
Caproni Ca.310 - Wikipedia
https://www.aeronautica.difesa.it/2023/10/12/caproni-ca-310-2/
Caproni  Ca
http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/Italy/Caratteristiche_velivoli_italiani.pdf

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+1 beautiful CAS, yes to all types of it, would love to play it

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+1 a nice 1.0 bomber/attacker. Like Ba.88 but “better”?

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+1 as 1.0 attacker

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A 1.0 or 1.3 attacker
Why not

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+1

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