Caproni ca.101

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Caproni approx. 101 / approx. 102
Caproni ca.101
Caproni ca.101
Type: Bomber , transport plane
Design country:

Italy 1861Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946) Italy



First flight:




The Caproni Ca.101 was an Italian multipurpose aircraft from the 1930s.


The Caproni Ca.101 was an enlarged Ca. 97 and came on the market in 1927. Initially it was intended to be used as a civil transport aircraft. Three of these were also built. These had 200 HP (149 kW) Armstrong Siddeley- Linx radial engines , which had been manufactured by Alfa Romeo under license .

The next evolution was that of a bomber. For this, the model received Piaggio Stella VII radial engines with an output of 370 hp (276 kW). These machines were part of the equipment of the night bomber units of the Regia Aeronautica .

Military operation

Due to its large fuselage, the Ca.101 was well suited for transport purposes and was used as a multi-purpose aircraft, especially in the Italian colonies . Their first combat missions began after the Italian invasion in Ethiopia on October 3, 1935. During this fighting, the Ca.101 was in various roles, including as reconnaissance, bombers, for spraying warfare agents and used to evacuate the wounded.

Some machines were exported to Hungary and remained in service with the 3rd / 2nd Bombazo Osztaly (2nd group of the 3rd bomber regiment) until at least 1941.


Approx 102 with Bristol Jupiter engines
  • Approx. 102 - three Bristol Jupiter engines with 500 HP (373 kW). Deployed by the 62nd Experimental Heavy Bomb Unit (Sperimentale Bombardieri Pesanti).
  • Approx . 102quarter - two pairs of motors, each in tandem.

Military use

Italy 1861Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946) Italy
Hungary 1918Hungary Hungary

Technical specifications

Three-sided view about 101
Parameter Data
crew 3
Passengers 8 soldiers or 4 lying wounded
length 13.5 m
span 18.8 m
height 3.6 m
Wing area 52 m²
Empty mass 2450 kg
Max. Takeoff mass 3950 kg
Cruising speed
Top speed 210 km / h
Service ceiling 5000 m
Range 1000 km
Engines 3 Armstrong Siddeley Lynx built under license at Alfa Romeo, each with 149 kW
Armament 2 × 7.7 mm machine guns for defense,
250 × 2 kg or 40 × 12 kg bombs

Comparable types

See also


  • Aero. Marshall Cavendish International Ltd., London 1984, No. 47, p. 1311.
  • Olaf Groehler : History of the Air War 1910 to 1980. Military publishing house of the German Democratic Republic, Berlin 1981.
  • Daniele Lembo: Approx. 101/102. In: Aerei Nella Storia magazine. Westward editions, No. 42, pp. 23-29.
  • Michael JH Taylor: Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. Studio Editions, London 1989, pp. 233-34.
  • World Aircraft Information Files. File 891 Sheet 10, Bright Star Publishing, London.

Web links

Commons : Caproni Ca.101  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. cf. Olaf Groehler: History of the Air War 1910 to 1980. Military Publishing House of the German Democratic Republic, Berlin 1981, p. 117.