Caproni Ca.60 Transaero
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On March 4, 1921, the Caproni Ca.60 Transaereo – also known as Capronissimo and Noviplano (nine-wing) Transaereo – tried to take off from Lake Maggiore with its nine, 30-meter-long wings. The aircraft crashed on the water shortly after takeoff and broke up on impact.
Engineer Gianni Caproni’s gigantic hydroplane had eight 400-HP engines, 750 square meters of wings, and weighed over 33,000 lbs (15,000 kilos). It was designed to carry one hundred people over the Atlantic. The project was eventually abandoned after the crash.
From the Italian Ways website:
In the early 1950s, Gianni Caproni, founder of the aviation museum that bears his name, now in Trento, met the President of the United States Harry Truman. As soon as he entered the Oval Office he widened his eyes in disbelief, as he saw a picture of himself on the wall, next to a portrait of Wilbur Wright. “I found them here”, Truman explained. “President Roosevelt kept them up for the entire war, and I didn’t remove them. You are the founding fathers of aviation, and the United States salute you for it.”
The Transaereo on Lake Maggiore
Scale model at the Volandia museum — you can see the open cockpit for pilots above the main cabin
The wreckage is towed to shore after the March 4 crash
Last edited: Apr 16, 2022