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.
|The single-engine version of the Caproni Ca.97.|
|Role||Civil utility aircraft|
- Prototype 3-engined powered by 3x 75 kW (100 hp) Lorraine-Dietrich 5P 5-cylinder radial engines; one built.
- Ca.97 C.Tr.
- (C.Tr. - coloniale trasporto - colonial transport), colonial transports similar to the Ca.97, powered by 3x 108 kW (145 hp) Walter Mars radial engines;two built.
- Ca.97 C.Mo
- Powered by a single 370 kW (500 hp) Alfa Romeo Jupiter VIII Ri.
- Ca.97 M
- Powered by a single 310 kW (420 hp) Alfa Romeo Jupiter IV.
- Ca.97 Co
- Colonial reconnaissance-bomber, powered by a single 310 kW (420 hp) Alfa Romeo Jupiter IV; five aircraft built.
- 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.
- Ca.97 Idro
- Twin-float seaplane version, powered by a single 370 kW (500 hp) Alfa romeo Jupiter VIII Ri; one aircraft built.
- Malért (Magyar Légiforgalmi R.T.)
Specifications (Ca.97 Ri)
- 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
- Maximum speed: 230 km/h (140 mph, 120 kn)
- Range: 1,000 km (620 mi, 540 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 5,750 m (18,860 ft)
- Guns: 2x 7.7 mm (0.30 in) machine-guns in dorsal and ventral positions
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