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Caproni Ca.380 Corsaro

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Raptor_Fulcrum #1 Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:46 AM

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A twin-engined, twin-boom, high-altitude two-seat fighter bomber designed in answer to the DeHavilland Mosquito, the Ca 380 Corsaro (Corsair) was partially completed at the time of the Armistice but never flew. The pilot and radio operator were seated back to back in the starboard boom, with fuel and equipment in the port boom. The Ca 380 was to have been powered by 1475 h.p. Daimler Benz DB 605 engines, although 1550 h.p. DB 603 units were contemplated as later production replacements.

This is an image of the project with asymmetric fuselage. COOL!  :Smile_smile:

To reduce the cooling drag of the airframe and radiators, the design team used a refined version of the P-38 radiator layout. Ducted, annular radiators surrounded the tailbooms aft of the wing, where drag-producing interactions between cooling air and airflow over the airframe could be kept to a minimum. Careful design of the ducts and their exit flaps promised to generate enough thrust to offset the remaining cooling drag altogether.

Armament was four 20-mm Mauser cannon in a pod under the wing center section and two 12.7-mm. SAFAT machine guns in the wings outboard of the airscrew discs.

The aircraft was built at 30%, the work on the project ended September 8, 1943.

Tecnical Data Caproni Ca.380 Carsaro:

Sources: Dimensione Cielo 3 Caccia Assalto, Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945 J. Thompson and http://worldatwar.ne...1/italtwin.html

Edited by Raptor_Fulcrum, 22 July 2012 - 04:57 PM.

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