The Ca.101 D2 was a high-wing strut-braced cabin monoplane powered by three 179kW Alfa Romeo D2 uncowled radial engines. It was built in limited numbers as a colonial bomber-transport and achieved notoriety in the Italian campaign in Abyssinia during 1935-6. Strongly constructed and fitted with Handley Page leading-edge slats, the Ca.101s were slow but tough and were effective in providing the advancing Italian columns with bombing support and supplies. Their poor performance was not a problem as there was no air opposition. Armament comprised four 7.7mm machine-guns firing from a retractable dorsal turret, a ventral bulge and lateral window ports. The bomb load was carried externally under the fuselage.
Although a few civil Ca.101s were flown on colonial passenger routes for several years (with various Walter, Piaggio and Alfa Romeo engines of 149-313kW), the military Ca.101s were withdrawn from first-line service immediately after the Abyssinian campaign. A development of the Ca.101 was also produced for the Regia Aeronautica as the Ca.102, powered by four engines in tandem pairs and with a nose-gunner's position. At least one was flown experimentally.
|A three-view drawing (692 x 850)|
| ENGINE||3 x Piaggio "Stella VII", 275kW|
| Take-off weight||5135 kg||11321 lb|
| Empty weight||3435 kg||7573 lb|
| Wingspan||19.7 m||65 ft 8 in|
| Length||14.4 m||47 ft 3 in|
| Height||3.9 m||13 ft 10 in|
| Wing area||61.7 m2||664.13 sq ft|
| Max. speed||250 km/h||155 mph|
| Cruise speed||205 km/h||127 mph|
| Ceiling||6000 m||19700 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||1000 km||621 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2-4 machine-guns, 500kg of bombs|
|James Lemoyne, 28.05.2015|
Two of them were piloted by Mussolini's sons, Bruno and Vittorio during the invasion of Abyssinia in 1935.
Ca.101s were withdrawn from first-line service immediately after the Abyssinian campaign
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