Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation
Caproni A.P.1 (Italy)
Designed by Cesar Pallavicino of the Caproni Aeronautica Bergamasca company, the A.P.I was intended exclusively for ground-attack work. It was a low-wing cantilever monoplane of mixed construction. The two prototypes built
were single-seat machines. Limited production was undertaken and series aircraft had a crew of two seated under a glazed canopy. The trousered undercarriage of the second prototype was replaced by a more simple arrangement and wheel spats could be fitted. Of 66 production aircraft delivered between 1936 and 1938, ten went to Franco's forces in Spain in late 1938, while seven were exported to Paraguay and four to Salvador. The rest were used (largely for propaganda film purposes) by the Regia Aeronautica. There is no record of the A.P.1 ever having seen action. Armament was two wing-mounted 7.7 mm machine-guns plus a further 7.7 mm weapon on a flexible mounting. Up to 400 kg (882 lb) of bombs could be carried.
Data: Engine normally one 522 kW (700 hp) Alfa Romeo 125 RC 35 radial Wing span 12.0 m (39 ft 4 1/2 in) Length 8.69 m (28 ft 6 1/4 in) Max T-O weight 2,230 kg (4,916 lb) Max level speed 355 km/h (220.5 mph) Range 1,100 km (684 miles)