Slain giant: Caproni Ca.60

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 

BELOW: The Caproni Ca.60 photographed probably while taxiing prior to its first and only flight, on 4 March 1921.
ALL VIA LUIGINO CALIARO

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.

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