Caproni Ca 90
Role Heavy bomber
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Caproni
First flight 1929
Number built 1

The Caproni Ca.90 was a prototype Italian heavy bomber designed and built by Caproni. When it first flew in 1929, it was the largest land-based aircraft then extant in the world,[1] the Siemens-Schuckert R.VIII having been slightly larger.

Design and development

A six-engined inverted sesquiplane, the Caproni Ca.90 was designed as a heavy bomber and first flew in 1929.[1] It had two tandem pairs of 1,000 hp (746 kW) Isotta Fraschini Asso 1000 W-18 piston engines mounted above the lower wing, each pair driving a four-bladed pusher and a two-bladed tractor propeller.[1] Another pair of engines was mounted above the fuselage.[1] Only one Ca.90 was built.[1]

Although the Dornier Do X flying boat that flew later in 1929 had a larger wingspan and weight, the Caproni Ca.90 remained the largest landplane until the arrival of the Tupolev ANT-20 in 1934.[1]


Data from [1]Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft

General characteristics



Appearances in media

The Ca.90 appeared in animated form, within the Studio Ghibli film, Kaze Tachinu. It makes its appearance in a dream sequence where Jiro Horikoshi has a meaningful meeting and conversation with his inspiration, Count Caproni.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Orbis 1985, p. 1054.
  • Angelucci, Enzo. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. San Diego, California: The Military Press, 1983. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982–1985). London: Orbis Publishing, 1985.