Caproni Ca.60

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Caproni Ca.60 Noviplano
Role Experimental airliner
Manufacturer Caproni
First flight March 4, 1921
Status Destroyed on first flight
Number built 1
The Caproni Ca.60 Noviplano under construction

The Caproni Ca.60 Noviplano was a nine-wing flying boat intended to be a prototype for a 100-passenger trans-atlantic airliner. It featured eight engines and three sets of triple wings. Two pontoons, mounted on each side, were intended to give the aircraft stability. Only one example of this aircraft was built by Caproni. The prototype only made one short flight on 4 March 1921 over Lake Maggiore in Italy. The aircraft attained an altitude of only 18 m (60 ft), then dived and crashed, breaking up on impact. The pilot escaped unscathed. Caproni had the wrecked airplane towed to shore, and announced that he would rebuild it, but that night it burned to ashes.[1]

Specifications (Ca.60)[edit]

Caproni Ca.60 3-view.svg

Data from World Encyclopedia of Civil Aircraft[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 8
  • Capacity: 100 passengers
  • Length: 23.45 m (77 ft)
  • Wingspan: 30.0 m (98 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 9.15 m (30 ft)
  • Loaded weight: 26,000 kg (55,100 lb)
  • Powerplant: 8 × Liberty L-12 liquid-cooled V12 engines, 298 kW (400 hp) each



A Mammoth of the Air, a 1921 silent film of the Ca.60, can be seen at YouTube: Caproni Ca.60 Noviplano flying boat (static display).

The Ca.60 was featured in the semi-fictional movie The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) by Studio Ghibli, as was Caprioni himself. In this film, the Ca.60 breaks up in flight, just after takeoff.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gilbert, James. The World's Worst Aircraft. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1975, 1979, pp.67–68
  2. ^ Angelucci, Enzo (1982). World Encyclopedia of Civil Aircraft. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. ISBN 0-517-54724-4. 

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