Caproni Ca.60 Noviplano
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Caproni Ca.60 Noviplano

Count Gianni Caproni, builder of some fine aircraft, chose for some reason to build a giant flying boat with no fewer than nine wings and eight engines. With this, or an even bigger version, he hoped to fly over 100 passengers across the Atlantic. Amidst all the struts and wings, the absence of any tail surfaces could easily be overlooked. Reportedly making a short hop without incident, the official first flight was less successful. Rising to about 18m above Lake Maggiore, the Ca.60 suddenly nosed down and dived into the water. Some said that testing had shown the need for a lot of lead ballast and that this had shifted in flight. Test pilot Semprini crawled out of the wreck unscathed. Later a mysterious fire destroyed the remains and ended the Count's transatlantic dream.

Caproni Ca.60 Noviplano

 ENGINE8 x 400hp Liberty piston engines
    Take-off weight24993 kg55100 lb
    Wingspan30.00 m98 ft 5 in
    Length23.47 m77 ft 0 in
    Height9.24 m30 ft 4 in
    Max. speed112 km/h70 mph

anastasiya, e-mail, 28.05.2012reply

caproni ca 60 is really big for 100 passengers

deaftom, e-mail, 28.02.2011reply

Since this thing never did more than a hop, claiming a range of "410 miles" is at best disingenuous. Just look at the huge amount of built-in headwind, plus the huge amount of induced drag from all those wings.

Sullivan, e-mail, 21.01.2011reply

Great picture. Love iot

ljubomir serbia, 05.06.2009reply

for some reasson my favorite aircraft

charles, e-mail, 15.05.2009reply

Wikipedia states that the range was 410 mi. To cross north atlantic with such a short range would require really short hops. Something like Newfoundland, Baffin Island, Greenland, Iceland, faroe islands. scotland and onto Europe. Rather than a real commercial venture, it seems like it may have been an elaborate investment fraud.

Ian, e-mail, 22.04.2009reply

That design can only be described as a Total Gangf**k.

juan facundo, 14.04.2009reply

devo decir que su pagina es muy
buena y perfecta ,TIENE MUCHOS AVIONES

W. Krouwel, e-mail, 11.12.2008reply

Er, yes... I think we must salute test pilot Semprini - to take the controls of such sa monstyer requires great valour...and after all Caproni's work on eminently sensible and original designs, too..

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The Ca.60 had twice the wing area of a B-52 bomber. The equal size wings would have nearly equal loading, making it longitudinally unstable. Supposedly differential use of front and rear ailerons would have controlled pitch.

The eight Liberty engines were arranged with three pulling and pushing on the front wing and three pushing and one pulling at the back. The centre engines had four-bladed propellers.

The pilot had an open cockpit, but the passengers in the cabin had more windows glazing than any airliner before or since.

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