Caproni Ca.97

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Ca.97
Caproni Ca.97 single engine.jpg
The single-engine version of the Caproni Ca.97.
Role Civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Caproni
First flight 1927
Number built 13
The trimotor version of the Ca.97.

The Caproni Ca.97 was a civil utility aircraft produced in Italy in the late 1920s and early 1930s. As originally designed, it was a high-wing braced trimotor monoplane of conventional configuration with one engine mounted on the nose and the other two carried on strut-mounted nacelles at the fuselage sides. Examples were also produced with only the nose engine or only the two nacelle-mounted engines.

Operational history[edit]

Some aircraft were used by airlines in small numbers. Military versions were used by the Regia Aeronautica in colonial policing roles, particularly in Libya from November 1929.

Variants[edit]

Ca.97
Prototype 3-engined powered by 3x 75 kW (100 hp) Lorraine-Dietrich 5P 5-cylinder radial engines; one built.[1]
Ca.97 C.Tr.
(C.Tr. - coloniale trasporto - colonial transport)[clarification needed], colonial transports similar to the Ca.97, powered by 3x 101 kW (135 hp) Walter Mars radial engines;two built.[1]
Ca.97 C.Mo
Powered by a single 370 kW (500 hp) Alfa Romeo Jupiter VIII Ri.[1]
Ca.97 M
Powered by a single 310 kW (420 hp) Alfa Romeo Jupiter IV.[1]
Ca.97 Co
Colonial reconnaissance-bomber, powered by a single 310 kW (420 hp) Alfa Romeo Jupiter IV; five aircraft built.[1]
Ca.97 Ri
Armed reconnaissance aircraft, powered by a single 370 kW (500 hp) Alfa Romeo Jupiter VIII Ri; four built for the Regia Aeronautica.[1]
Ca.97 Idro
Twin-float seaplane version, powered by a single 370 kW (500 hp) Alfa romeo Jupiter VIII Ri; one aircraft built.[1]

Operators[edit]

Civil[edit]

 Italy
 Hungary

Military[edit]

 Italy
 Hungary

Specifications (Ca.97 Ri)[edit]

Caproni Ca.97 3-view drawing from NACA Aircraft Circular No.84

Data from Aeroplani Caproni,[1] Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1928[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 4-5 crew
  • Length: 11.35 m (37 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 16 m (52 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in)
  • Wing area: 40 m2 (430 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 1,650 kg (3,638 lb)
  • Gross weight: 2,650 kg (5,842 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Alfa Romeo Jupiter VIII Ri 9-cyl air-cooled radial piston engine, 370 kW (500 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed pitch propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph; 124 kn)
  • Range: 1,000 km (621 mi; 540 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,750 m (18,860 ft)

Armament

  • Guns: 2x 7.7 mm (0.30 in) machine-guns in dorsal and ventral positions

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Abate, Rosario; Alegi, Gregory; Apostolo, Giorgio (1992). Aeroplani Caproni (English translated ed.). Milano: Museo Caproni. pp. 139–143, 243.
  2. ^ Grey, C.G., ed. (1928). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1928. London: Sampson Low, Marston & company, ltd. pp. 18d–19d.

further reading]][edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 233.
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 891 Sheet 09.
  • Winchester, general editor, Jim (2004). Biplanes, triplanes & seaplanes. San Diego, Cal.: Thunder Bay Press. ISBN 978-1592232239.