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CAPRONI Ca.5

The Caproni Ca.5 was an Italian heavy bomber of the World War I and the postwar era. It was the final version of the series of aircraft that began with the Caproni Ca.1 in 1914.

By late World War I, developments in aircraft technology made older bomber designs unable to penetrate targets defended by modern fighters. Caproni’s response to this problem was to significantly uprate the power on the existing Ca.3 design, with some versions of the Ca.5 eventually carrying engines with nearly five times the total power that the first Ca.1 had.

The Ca.5 was a three-engine biplane of a wooden construction, covered with fabric. The crew of four was placed in an open central nacelle (front gunner, two pilots and rear gunner-mechanic). The rear gunner manned upper machine guns, standing upon the central engine in a protective “cage”, just before a propeller.

Armament consisted of two to four Revelli 6.5 mm or 7.7 mm machine guns, one on a front ring mount and one, two or sometimes even three on an upper ring mount. Bombs were suspended under the hull.

Scale model of the Caproni Ca.5 aircraft
Scratch Build using Balsa Wood

CAPRONI Ca.5
First flight: 1917
Primary user: Corpo Aeronautico Militare
Number built: 662
Crew: four (pilot, co-pilot, front gunner, and rear gunner/mechanic)
Length: 12.6 m
Wingspan: 23.4 m
Powerplant: 3 × Fiat A.12 6-cyl. water-cooled in-line piston engine, 200 hp
Maximum speed: 160 km/h

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