Caproni Ca.311

The Caproni Ca.311 was a light bomber-reconnaissance aircraft produced in Italy prior to and during World War II. It was a member of the large family of Caproni designs derived from the Ca.306 airliner prototype of 1935, and more directly a modification of the Ca.310 bomber. As with other related types, it was a low-wing cantilever monoplane of conventional design. This particular design incorporated the Ca.310's retractable main undercarriage, as well as the heavily glazed nose that had been tested on the Ca.310bis prototype. New features included a relocation of the dorsal turret to a position immediately aft of the cockpit, and additional glazing throughout the fuselage.

From 1940, this aircraft began to replace the IMAM Ro.37 in service, completing this process the following year.

Caproni Ca.311
Class Aircraft
Type Bomber
Manufacturer Caproni, Milan
Origin Italy
Country Name Origin Year
Italy 1939
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Caproni, Milan 335 View

Role Reconnaissance bomber
Manufacturer Caproni
First flight April 1939
Primary user Regia Aeronautica
Number built 335


General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 11.74 m (38 ft 6 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.20 m (53 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 3.69 m (12 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 38.4 m2 (413 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 3,460 kg (7,630 lb)
  • Gross weight: 4,822 kg (10,630 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Piaggio Stella P.VII C.35 7-cyl. radial engines, 350 kW (470 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 307 km/h (191 mph)
  • Range: 1,600 km (1,000 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 7,400 m (24,300 ft)

Armament

  • 1 × fixed, forward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Breda-SAFAT machine gun in port wing
  • 1 × 7.7 mm (.303 in) Breda-SAFAT machine gun in dorsal turret
  • 1 × flexible, rearward-firing 7.7 mm (.303 in) Breda-SAFAT machine gun in ventral hatch
  • 400 kg (880 lb) of bombs

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