SNCAO 700

 


Technical Specifications
Type
Four-seater four-engine heavy bomber with median wings and retractable gear
Date first flight
Never Flown
Wingspan
24.92 m
Lenght
18.85 m
Height
6.1 m
Wing Area
87.15 m2
Empty Weight
11375 kg
Max. Takeoff Weight
18000 kg
Cruising Speed
498 km/h
Maximum Speed
540 km/h at 5300 m
Climbing Speed
Service ceilling
9200 m
Range
2200 kms with 1400 kgs of bombs
Crew
5 Men
Motorization
4 Radial Engine Gnôme-Rhône 14 N-49 14 cylinder, air cooling of 1140 Hp on take-off
Armament
1 Machine-gun MAC of 7.5mm on carriage in the nose
1 Cannon Hispano-Suiza of 20mm In electric dorsal turret
2 Machine-guns MAC de 7.5mm in ventral position
1582kg in bombs bay

 


Production

Only one specimen was built.

 


Historical

The CAO 700 was designed to respond to the 1937 A20 program to equip the Air Force with a 5-man heavy bomber.

The CAO 700 takes over the fuselage of the Loire-Nieuport LN10, two-seater seaplane, on which is grafted a new wing. It is powered by 4 Gnome-Rhone GR 14 N-49, those equipping the Leo 451. The bomber bay is on the left of the fuselage to allow the passage of the plane via a corridor. Other bombs Bay in the wings made it possible to carry bombs of 250 kg more. The armament consisted of 3 MAC guns of 7.5 and the traditional gun HS 404 of 20mm, imposed by the technical services.

The German advance prevented the final assembly of the CAD 700, and the different parts of the aircraft were conveyed to Istres where various ground tests were conducted.

His first flight never took place: the crew was in place, ready to make this initial flight, when the announcement of the Armistice put an end to his very brief career ...

Several derivatives had been devised :

    • CAO 700M Reconnaissance
    • CAO 710 Heavy Bombardment : Enlarged wing area and more powerful engines: GR 14 R 4/5 of 1320Cv and propellers of larger diameters.
    • CAO720: capable of carrying 15 passengers in a pressurized cabin. Its construction was advanced to 60% when the Armistice is signed.

Bibliography

1 ) _ AERO JOURNAL
- N°17 "L'étrange destin du CAO700"

 

2) _ AIR MAGAZINE :
- N°34 "Le Bombardier CAO 700"

 


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