Caproni Campini C.A.183bis
Role high altitude interceptor/fighter
Manufacturer Caproni-Campini
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.

Design and development

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).[1] The prototype was 80% complete by the time of the armistice. After Mussolini escaped from captivity with German help and became the nominal leader of the Italian Social Republic in September 1943, Italian work continued on the prototype. However, various attacks against military structures slowed the development and the prototype was probably destroyed in 1944.

Specifications (Daimler Benz DB605)

Data from [1]

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

References

  1. ^ a b Thompson, Jonathan (1963). Italian Civil & Military Aircraft 1930-1945 (1st ed.). New York: Aero Publishers Inc. pp. 94. ISBN 0-8168-6500-0.

Sources

Thompson, Jonathan (1963). Italian Civil & Military Aircraft 1930-1945 (1st ed.). New York: Aero Publishers Inc. pp. 94. ISBN 0-8168-6500-0.