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Italy's Caproni Ca. 133 bomber

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  • Caproni Ca. 133 bomber
  • Caproni Ca. 133 bomber

Design

The Caproni Ca.133 started out as a commercial aircraft, transporting passengers. The military converted it to a bomber and troop transport.

The engine nacelles and landing gear were smoothly faired.

Construction

The Caproni Ca.133 was of welded steel construction with metal and fabric coverings.

Ala Littoria

The commercial version of the Caproni Ca.133 flew with Ala Littoria.

Prototype

The Ca.133 first flew in 1935.

Production

  • Manufacturer: Societa Italiana Caproni

Usage

Africa

The Caproni Ca.133s were used in the Italian colonies in Africa and with the Africa Orientale Italiana (AOI). In 1939 there were 183 Ca.133 bombers with the AOI.

Many of the Ca.133s were destroyed on the ground in fighting in North Africa.

Specifications

  Caproni Ca.133 Colonial
Type Bomber, Commercial Transport, Transport, Troop Transport
Crew 3
Passengers - Commercial 16
Passengers - Troops 18
Engine (Type) 3: Piaggio Stella VII, Piaggio Stella P.VII C.16
Cylinders Radial
HP 460 each
Cooling Air
Propeller blades 2 each
Dimensions  
Span 69' 8"
21.24 m
Length 50' 4", 50' 4.75"
15.36 m
Height 13' 1"
4 m
Wing area 700 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 9,237 lb, 9,240 lb
4,190 kg
Loaded 14,700 lb, 14,740 lb, 14,771 lb
6,700 kg
Performance  
Speed 165 mph, 166 mph
265 kph
Speed - Cruising 144 mph
Speed - Landing 63 mph
Service Ceiling 18,045', 18,050'
5,500 m
Range 838 miles, 840 miles
1,350 km
Armament 4: machine guns
Turret - Dorsal 1: 7.7 mm MG
Ventral 2: 7.7 mm MG
Lateral 1: 7.7 mm MG
Bombs - Under Fuselage 1: 1,100 lb
Bombs 2,646 lb
6: 220 lb
1,200 kg
OR 6: 110 lb
OR 6: 44 lb
OR 15: 33 lb
OR 15: 27 lb

Sources:

  1. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  2. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Jonathan Thompson, 1963
  3. World War II Stats and Facts, Peter Darman, 2009
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site