Alongside the SIAI-Marchetti SM.79 and the Fiat BR.20, the CANT Z.1007 was one of the standard Italian bombers of the Second World War. It was modern, fast and well armed, it had a good operational range and could carry a satisfactory bomb load and was used on all fronts.  The CANT Z.1007 was designed by Filippo Zappata and the prototype appeared in the spring of 1937.  A first batch of 34 airplanes were built and then an improved and more powerful version came out, this was the CANT Z.1007 bis, the largest production model.  The 1,000 hp Piaggio P.XI RC RC 40 radial engine made it possible for the aeroplane to show all that it was capable of.  With a fully loaded weight of almost 30,000 pounds (13,607 kg) it could reach an altitude of over 13,000 ft (3,962 m) in just over nine minutes.  A lightended CANT could reach 340 mph.  A total of 560 CANT.1007s were built.  The final production model was the 1007ter which appeared in 1943.  This third model was superior to its predecessor.  It was powered by three 1,174 hp Piaggio P.XIX and had a top speed of 300mph (482 km/h) and a ceiling of about 33,000 ft (10,000 m).
Technical Data:
Aircraft:
CANT Z.1007bis
Manufacturer:
Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico
Type:
Bomber
Year:
1938
Engine:
Three Piaggio P.XI RC 40, 14-cyclinder radial, air-cooled, 1,000hp
Wingspan:
81 ft 4 in (24.80 m)
Length:
61 ft (18.59 m)
Height:
17 ft 1 in (5.22 m)
Weight:
38,200 lb (17,327 kg) (Loaded)
Maximum Speed:
283 mph (456 km/h) at 15,100 ft (4,600 m)
Ceiling:
26,500 ft (8,100 m)
Range:
1,243 miles (2000 km)
Armament:
4 MGs; 2,430 lb (1,100 kg) of bombs
Crew:
5

Additional Images:
Alpha Flight 1/48 CANT Z.1007 bis
Alcione (Kingfisher)
by Jean Barby
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