Ca.135 ID

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Robert Hurst
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Ca.135 ID

Post by Robert Hurst » 15 Jan 2005 11:36

Hi

Can anyone please help with the identification of the Ca.135 in the attached pic. Is the aircraft depicted one of the following versions.

1/ The Ca.135 Typo Spagna (Spanish type) with 836 hp Asso XI RC.40 engines or 2/ the Ca.135 P.XI with 1,000 hp Piaggio P.XI RC.40 engines.

I look forward to hearing from you all. Thanks in advance.

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Bob
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Ca 135

Post by Ten. Gianluca Missi » 14 Feb 2005 14:34

Hi,
I would say 2 ... if you look attentively to the tail of the plane you can see the vertical element shows a white insigna that could be either the white cross of Savoia or the white vertical element of the Italian flag which was used pre-war .... it also seems plausible to positively identify the blason of Casa Savoia ... the Spanish Air Force kept untill very recent years the black Saint Andrea cross in white field as a vertical fin insigna ....

Gian

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Re: Ca 135

Post by Cantankerous » 10 Jan 2023 05:35

Ten. Gianluca Missi wrote:
14 Feb 2005 14:34
Hi,
I would say 2 ... if you look attentively to the tail of the plane you can see the vertical element shows a white insigna that could be either the white cross of Savoia or the white vertical element of the Italian flag which was used pre-war .... it also seems plausible to positively identify the blason of Casa Savoia ... the Spanish Air Force kept untill very recent years the black Saint Andrea cross in white field as a vertical fin insigna ....

Gian
This thread may be 18 years old, but I'm definitely going with the Caproni Ca 135 in the photo being the Ca 135 variant with Piaggio P.XI radial engines. I found additional photos of the Piaggio P.XI-powered Ca 135 with Regia Aeronautica markings at this link:
https://mab.forumfree.it/?t=69788692

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Re: Ca.135 ID

Post by TISO » 28 Jan 2023 23:19

Definitly Piaggio PXI radials. Italian markings. Interestingly 64 planes ended in Italian service but were used only in training units and all were quickly phased out. When Hungarians ordered first batch of 36 Ca.135bisU some were refurbished (not newly built). They in end recieved 68 aircraft of this type.

I did an article on Ca.135bis in Hungarian use (still work in progress)
https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/ind ... nt-4004161

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