Gianni Caproni's idea was the right one: an ocean-traversing airliner, able to make air travel cheaper for everyone. His execution of it was questionable: a nine-wing, eight-engine flying boat. But the Ca.60 was undoubtedly a very impressive achievement
At the end of the First World War, the Italian aviation industry suffered a grave setback: cancellation of military orders. Besides resulting in a severe crisis for the manufacturers, this decision allowed large quantities of military aircraft to suddenly become available at derisory prices.