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Italy's Caproni N1, Caproni-Campini C.C.2 experimental

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  • Caproni Campini CC.2 experimental
  • Caproni Campini CC.2 experimental

Design

In 1931 Ing. Secondo Campini started work on reaction propulsion. It took eight years of experimentation before a power unit was built.

The prototype was built at Caproni Taliedo in 1940.

The Caproni-Campini N1 may have never been intended for military use.

Construction

The Caproni N1 was of an all metal construction.

Engine

It was propelled by a radial engine that drove a compressor. Fuel injectors heated the air that provided the thrust.

Prototype

The Caproni N.1 was first flown in August 28, 1940 / November 1941 by Mario de Bernadi.

The Caproni N.1 was flown by Mario de Bernadi on November 30, 1941 from Taliedo to Guidonia (168 miles) with an average speed of 130 mph. Ing. Pedace was the passenger.

The project was abandoned in 1942.

Specifications

  Caproni N1, Caproni-Campini C.C.2
Type Experimental
Crew 2
Engine (Type) 1: Isotta-Fraschini
Cooling Air
HP 900
Dimensions  
Span 52'
15.85 m
Length 43'
13.1 m
Wing area 387.4 sq ft, 387.51 sq ft
36 sq m
Weight  
Empty 8,024 lb, 8,025 lb
3,640 kg
Loaded 9,248 lb, 9,250 lb, 11,000 lb
4,195 kg
Performance  
Speed 233 mph
375 kph
Speed at 9,800' 233 mph
Maximum Altitude During Test Flights 13,120'
Armament None

Sources:

  1. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  2. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  3. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Jonathan Thompson, 1963
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