Caproni approx. 60

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Caproni approx. 60
Caproni approx. 60
Type: Flying boat
Design country:

Italy 1861Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946) Italy



First flight:


Number of pieces:


The Caproni Ca.60 (unofficially also called Capronissimo or Noviplano ) was an Italian giant flying boat from 1921, also called the Caproni Triple Triplane .

History and construction

After the First World War , the Italian Giovanni Battista Caproni took over the three- decker concept successfully used in his bombers for a large passenger flying boat - the Ca.60. It was supposed to be a prototype for later transatlantic flights.

Three three-decker wings were arranged on the top of the fuselage. The machine was powered by eight 294 kW (400 hp) Liberty L-12 engines, four each with pull-propellers and four with push-type propellers. The fuselage of this machine was designed for 100 passengers, too revolutionary for the time.

The first flight of the Ca.60 took place on March 4, 1921 in Sesto Calende on Lake Maggiore . After a short flight, the machine crashed into the lake from a height of 20 m due to its design-related inability to steer and was badly damaged. The pilot Semprini survived the crash. The reconstruction began, but was later canceled after a fire.

Technical specifications

Caproni approx. 60
Construction of the Caproni ca 60
Parameters Data
crew 8th
Passengers 60-100
length 23.50 m
span 30 m
height 9.10 m
Wing area 836 m²
Empty mass k. A.
Takeoff mass 25,000 kg
drive 8 × 12-cylinder V-engine Liberty L-12 with 294 kW (400 PS) each
Top speed 112 km / h
Range 660 km
Service ceiling k. A.

See also


  • James Gilbert: The World's Worst Aircraft. St. Martin's Press, New York 1975, 1979, pp. 67-68.
  • Enzo Angelucci: World Encyclopedia of Civil Aircraft. Crown Publishers Inc., New York 1982, ISBN 0-517-54724-4 .
  • Aviation Archive Issue 35: Giant Aircraft, pp. 14-17
  • Luigino Caliaro / KS: Dream with nine wings. In: Flug Revue No. 12/2018, pp. 80–83

Web links

Commons : Caproni Ca.60  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Giorgio Apostolo: Caproni's Triple Triplane. In: Airplane Monthly. February 1974, p. 493.