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Enemy Air-Borne Forces, Military Intelligence Service, Special Series No. 7, December 2, 1942
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There is little doubt that the Italians, with their knowledge of wooden aircraft construction and their experience with light gliders, could readily manufacture efficient troop-carrying gliders, similar to those used by the Germans. Statistics given in the Italian press during 1940, and the number of gliding certificates issued to pilots, would indicate that Italy has been glider-conscious for some time. The following gliders, none suitable for carrying valuable military loads, have been mentioned: Cantu, Grifo, Borea, Asiago, Superfrifo, Pellicano, Sparviero, CAT-15, CAT-20, CAT-28, CAT-BP, and AL-3. The latter has a very shallow angle of glide and holds the Italian endurance record. The type for which the following details are listed is the trainer, CAT-15:

Span    _ _ _ _ _    35.1 ft
Length    _ _ _ _ _    18.3 ft
Height    _ _ _ _ _    6.6 ft
Wing area    _ _ _ _ _    158 sq ft
Empty weight    _ _ _ _ _    206 lbs
Wingloading    _ _ _ _ _    2.3 lbs per sq ft
Gliding angle    _ _ _ _ _    1 in 15
Rate of descent    _ _ _ _ _    3.3 ft per sec

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