Caproni Trento F-5

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Caproni Trento F.5
Role Lightweight two-seat jet trainer
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Aeroplane Caproni Trento
Designer Stelio Frati
First flight 20 May 1952
Primary user Italian Air Force
Number built 1

The Caproni Trento F.5 was a small Italian two-seat trainer designed by Stelio Frati and built by Aeroplane Caproni Trento.[1] The F.5 was not ordered into production and only a prototype was built.[1]

Design and development[edit]

By the 1950s the Caproni company had collapsed and could not survive the post-war economic problems, one of the few group members to continue working was Aeroplane Caproni Trento based at Gardola in Trento.[1] Originally involved with aircraft maintenance and support the company decided to design and build a small jet trainer in 1951.[1] The F.5 aircraft was designed by Stelio Frati based on his earlier glider work, it was a low-wing all-wood monoplane with a retractable tricycle landing gear.[1] The engine was a small Turbomeca Palas turbojet located in the fuselage, it had two inlet ducts, one either side of the fuselage and the jet efflux was below the rear fuselage.[1] It had an enclosed cabin with tandem seating for an instructor and pupil and was fitted with a jettisonable canopies.[1]

The F.5 made its maiden flight on 20 May 1952.[2] It was the first jet aircraft developed in post-war Italy, although evaluated by the Italian Air Force it gained little interest and was not ordered into production.[1][3]

Aircraft on display[edit]

The prototype, registered I-FACT, and only F.5 is on display at the Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni Caproni in Trento.[3]

Specifications[edit]

Data from [1]The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 6.60 m (21 ft 7¾ in)
  • Wingspan: 7.85 m (25 ft 9 in)
  • Wing area: 10.00 m2 (107.64 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 470 kg (1036 lb)
  • Gross weight: 750 kg (1653 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Turbomeca Palas turbojet, 1.5 kN (331 lbf) thrust

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 360 km/h (224 mph)
  • Service ceiling: 8000 m (26245 ft)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Orbis 1985, p. 1058
  2. ^ Bridgman 1953, pp. 158–159.
  3. ^ a b "Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni Caproni - Caproni Trento F-5". Museocaproni.it. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bridgman, Leonard (1953). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1953–54. London: Jane's All The World's Aircraft Publishing Co. 
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.