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Italy's Caproni-Vizzola F.5 and F.6 fighters

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  • Caproni-Vizzola F.5 fighter
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.5 fighter
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.5 fighter
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.6M fighter

Design

The Caproni-Vizzola F.5 was designed at the same time as the Caproni-Vizzola F.4.

Caproni-Vizzola F.4 Construction

The fuselage was a welded steel tubing with a duralumin skin. The wings were plywood covered.

Caproni-Vizzola F.6M Construction

The F.6M had all metal construction.

Prototype

The Caproni-Vizzola F.4 was test flown in 1940.

The Caproni-Vizzola F.5 was test flown in 1939 after which the Air Ministry ordered fourteen preproduction aircraft.

The Caproni-Vizzola F.6MZ was test flown before the Italian surrender in September 1943.

Production

  • Caproni-Vizzola F.4 prototype: 1
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.5 prototype: 1
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.5 preproduction: 14
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.6 prototype: 1
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.6M: 1
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.6MZ: 1

Variants

  • Caproni-Vizzola F.4:
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.5 prototype:
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.5 preproduction: Had another fuel tank installed, canopy changed, tail wheel was made to not retract, and the tail fin and rudder were larger than the prototype.
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.5bis: Was to have a licensed built Daimler Benz DB 601A-1 engine the Alfa Romeo R.A.1000 R.C.44-1a (1,175 HP) engine.
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.5 Gamma: Advanced trainer. Was to have a Isotta-Fraschini Gamma R.C.35 IS (540 HP) engine.
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.6M (metallico):
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.6MZ:
  • Caproni-Vizzola F.7: Was to have the Alfa Romeo R.C.44-1a Monsonie (1,175 HP) engine. Was still being designed when Italy surrendered.

Usage

Units

  • 51° Stormo of the 8a Brigata Caccia Terrestre (land based fighters) near Rome

Defense of Rome

Fourteen Caproni-Vizzola F.5s were used in the defense of Rome.

Specifications

  Caproni-Vizzola F.4
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Daimler Benz DB 601A
Cylinders Radial 12
Cooling Air
HP 1,175
Dimensions  
Span 37' 7/8"
Length 29' 2 1/3"
Height 9' 6 1/8"
Wing area 189.5 sp ft
Weight  
Empty 5,428 lb
Loaded 6,614 lb
Performance  
Speed at 12,500' 342 mph
Speed - Cruising 304 mph
Service ceiling 32,800'
Range 466 miles
Armament  
Nose 2: 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT
  Caproni-Vizzola F.5
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Fiat A. 74 RC 38
Cylinders Radial, Radial 14
Cooling Air
HP 870
Propeller blades 3
Dimensions  
Span 37', 37' 7/8"
Length 25' 11"
Height 9' 10"
Wing area 189.5 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 4,078 lb
Loaded 5,000 lb, 5,181 lb
Performance  
Speed 315 mph
Speed at 9,840' 317 mph
Speed - Cruising 292 mph
Climb to 21,325' 6 minutes 30 seconds
Service ceiling 31,170'
Range 370 miles, 373 - 621 miles
Armament  
Nose 2: MG
2: 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT
  Caproni-Vizzola F.6M
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) FIAT R.A.1050 R.C.58 Tifone (license built Daimler Benz DB 605A)
HP 1,475
Dimensions  
Span 37' 7/8"
Length 30' 0.25"
Height 9' 10 2/3"
Wing area 189.5 sq ft
Performance  
Speed at 16,400' 353 mph
Speed - Cruising 296 mph
Climb to 19,685' 5 minutes 30 seconds
Service ceiling 34,450'
Range 590 miles
Armament  
Nose 4: 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT
  Caproni-Vizzola F.6MZ
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Isotta-Fraschini Zeta R.C.25/60
HP 1,250
Dimensions  
Span 38' 9 1/3"
Length 29' 6.75"
Height 9' 10 2/3"
Wing area 198.6 sq ft
Weight  
Empty 7,382 lb
Loaded 9,022 lb
Performance  
Speed 404 mph
Speed - Cruising 367 mph
Service ceiling 26,240'
Armament  
Nose 2: 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT
2: 7.7 mm

Sources:

  1. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  2. Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Jonathan Thompson, 1963
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site