Caproni Ca.9
Caproni Ca.9 on display in the Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni Caproni at Trento.
Role Experimental aircraft
Manufacturer Caproni
First flight 1911
Status Retired
Number built 1

The Caproni Ca.9 was a single-engine monoplane designed and built by Caproni in the early 1910s.


The Ca.9 was very similar to the Caproni Ca.8 in being a modern high wing monoplane with a wooden structure and canvas covering, equipped with a wing warping system to control roll and reinforced by metal tie rods connected to the fuselage and to a special structure placed above it; the fuselage was based on a wooden lattice structure, in turn reinforced by metal cables, and was covered in cloth only for the front half; the same wooden structure with a canvas covering characterized the empennage.

The fixed undercarriage, was composed of two wheels with curved skids. The engine, which operated a fixed-pitch, two-bladed wooden propeller, was a Y-shaped three-cylinder Anzani capable of developing a power output of 35 hp (26 kW).[1]


Flown for the first time in the summer of 1911, the Ca.9 served at the flying school annexed to the Caproni workshops in Vizzola Ticino; on 20 January 1912, piloted by Enrico Cobioni, an instructor at the Caproni school, the Ca.9 beat the world speed record for aircraft with less than 40 hp (30 kW).[2]


Contemporary 3-view of the Ca.9

Data from Gli aeroplani Caproni – Studi – Progetti – Realizzazioni 1908-1935,[1] Aeroplani Caproni – Gianni Caproni ideatore e costruttore di ali italiane[3]

General characteristics


See also


  1. ^ a b Gli aeroplani Caproni – Studi – Progetti – Realizzazioni 1908-1935 (in Italian). Edizione del Museo Caproni. 1937.
  2. ^ Giovanni Celoria, Tre anni di aviazione nella brughiera di Somma Lombardo (5 aprile 1910 – 5 aprile 1913), Milano, Stab. Tip. Unione Cooperativa, 1913, ISBN non esistente. (Ristampato in edizione anastatica a cura di Romano Turrini, Trento, Il Sommolago – Museo dell'Aeronautica G. Caproni – Comune di Arco, 2004).
  3. ^ Abate, Rosario; Alegi, Gregory; Apostolo, Giorgio (1992). Aeroplani Caproni – Gianni Caproni ideatore e costruttore di ali italiane (in Italian) (Italian (also available in English) ed.). Museo Caproni. p. 241.