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Caproni Ca.3

Heavy Biplane Bomber Aircraft

Kingdom of Italy | 1917

"The Ca.36 was the definitive Italian bomber design by the end of World War 1."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Caproni Ca.3 (Ca.36) Heavy Biplane Bomber Aircraft.
3 x Isotta-Fraschini V.4B engine delivering 150 horsepower each.
85 mph
137 kph | 74 kts
Max Speed
15,892 ft
4,844 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
372 miles
599 km | 323 nm
Operational Range
413 ft/min
126 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Caproni Ca.3 (Ca.36) Heavy Biplane Bomber Aircraft.
36.3 ft
11.05 m
O/A Length
74.6 ft
(22.74 m)
O/A Width
12.1 ft
(3.70 m)
O/A Height
5,071 lb
(2,300 kg)
Empty Weight
8,378 lb
(3,800 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Caproni Ca.3 Heavy Biplane Bomber Aircraft .
2 x 6.5mm OR 7.7mm FIAT-Revelli machine guns

Up to 1,764lb of bombs
Notable series variants as part of the Caproni Ca.3 family line.
Ca.34 - Proposed Production Model; pilots in tandem seating.
Ca.35 - Proposed Production Model; pilots in tandem seating.
Ca.36 - Removable wing portions for improved storage of system.
Ca.36M - Post-War Model; refined production techniques.
Ca.36 mod - Post-War Model; refined production techniques.
Ca.36S - Air Ambulance Model
Ca.37 - Single Prototype Ground Attack Model; seating for two personnel.
Ca.39 - Proposed Seaplane Variant
Ca.56a - Civilian Passenger Transport Airliner Conversion Models.
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The Caproni Ca.36 represented the definitive model in the C-bomber series debuted in 1914 as the C.31. The Ca.36 was a tremendous asset to allied operations against Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire and were put into action as quickly as Italy declared war. Surprisingly, the system survived in limited numbers long enough to be used for a time by Mussolini in the opening salvos of Italian involvement in World War 2.

At its core, the Ca.36 was a three-engine biplane bomber of wood and fabric construction. The 1914 Ca.31 appeared with 3 x Gnome rotary type engines with the improved Ca.32 following a year later. The Ca.32 sported three FIAT brand engines of 100 horsepower and were of the water-cooled in-line variety. These particular models were pressed into action almost immediately against Austrian targets. As the was progressed, Gianni Caproni produced an improved C-bomber in the form of the Ca.33 which featured Isotta-Fraschini powerplants. The Ca.34 and Ca.35 were proposed but never produced variants that tried to seat the pilots in tandem in a central nacelle position.

The culmination of the C-series came about with the arrival of the Ca.36 which featured a sectioned wing assembly that could be taken apart into five pieces for easier storage. Armament of this type consisted of 2 x FIAT-Revelli machine guns of 6.5mm or 7.7mm caliber. As a heavy bomber, the Ca.36 could carry an impressive payload of up to 1,764 pounds of ordnance. The Ca.36S represented an air ambulance conversion model while the Ca.36M (or "mod") was a model designed to simplify wartime production.

Operators - as well as producers - of the bomber included Italy, the United Kingdom, France and the United States of America. Other proposed or slightly developed variants of the C-series included the Ca.37 prototype of a two-seat dedicated ground attack bomber, a seaplane derivative in the Ca.39 and the Ca.56a - which were remanufactured wartime Ca.3 bombers for use as civilian passenger transports.

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Total Production: 275 Units

Contractor(s): Caproni - Italy
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