|Caproni Campini C.A.183bis|
|Role||high altitude interceptor/fighter|
|Status||One incomplete prototype|
|Primary user||Kingdom of Italy / Repubblica Sociale Italiana|
|Developed from||Caproni Campini N.1|
The Caproni-Campini Ca.183bis was an Italian projected high-altitude fighter intended to have both piston and jet propulsion.
The Ca.183bis was intended to have a 1,250 hp (932 kW) Daimler-Benz DB 605 in the nose driving a six-bladed contra-rotating propeller, augmented by a secondary piston engine behind the cockpit driving a Campini compressor, expected to furnish a 100 km/h (60 mph) boost from jet thrust for an optimistic maximum speed of 740 km/h (460 mph) with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 mi). One 20 mm or 30 mm cannon was to be in the propeller hub with four more 20 mm cannon in the wings. Weight was to be 7,500 kg (16,500 lb). The prototype was completed at 80% by the time of the armistice. The Italians continued working on it when Mussolini took power again 18 September 1943, also with the help of the Germans, however various attack against military structures slowed the development and the prototype was probably destroyed in 1944.
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