Ca.164
Role Military trainer aircraft
Manufacturer Caproni
Designer Raffaele Conflenti
First flight 1938
Primary users Regia Aeronautica
Armée de l'Air
Number built 280 + 1 prototype [1]

The Caproni Ca.164 was a training biplane produced in Italy shortly prior to World War II. It was a largely conventional biplane intended as a follow-on to the Ca.100 and sharing that aircraft's layout with a slightly smaller upper wing.

Development

The prototype was designated the Ca.163, built by Caproni Taliedo and first flown on 17 November 1938. It had a steel tube fuselage, wooden wings, and fabric covering.[2] Flight testing revealed some poor handling characteristics, however, which made it completely unsuitable for its intended role. Nevertheless, the Regia Aeronautica acquired some 280 examples of the Ca.164 to use in liaison roles within bomber units. Some of these were pressed into use for tactical reconnaissance during the Croatian campaign. The Armée de l'Air also purchased 100 aircraft.

Operators

 France
 Kingdom of Italy
 Italy
The prototype Ca.163 on display at the Caproni Museum, Trento.
The prototype Ca.163 on display at the Caproni Museum, Trento.

Survivors

No examples of the Ca.164 survive, but the prototype Ca.163 is on display at the Gianni Caproni Museum of Aeronautics, Trento Airport, Italy. As a private venture, it was originally not registered, but it was later registered I-WEST.

Specifications

General characteristics

Performance

See also

Related lists

References

  1. ^ "Caproni Ca.164". Archived from the original on 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  2. ^ "Caproni Ca.163". Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni Caproni. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  3. ^ aeroflight

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