Adamoli-Cattani Caccia

The Adamoli-Cattani fighter was a prototype fighter aircraft designed as a private venture by two Italian aircraft builders in 1918.

The Adamoli-Cattani was intended to be the smallest practical biplane around the most powerful engine available to them, a 149 kW (200 hp) le Rhône M.

The result was a reasonably conventional design, other than that the wings featured hinged leading edges in place of conventional ailerons.

The Farina Coach Building factory in Turin began construction of the prototype, the Officine Moncenisio in Condove completed it.

Upon completion, ground testing revealed that the engine as installed could only deliver some 80% of its rated power, thus leaving the aircraft significantly underpowered.

Limited tests continued until the end of World War I, when the Armistice made further development superfluous.

Specifications

Crew

1

Length

6.10 m (20 ft 0 in)

Wingspan

8.60 m (28 ft 3 in)

Empty weight

470 kg (1,036 lb)

Gross weight

675 kg (1,488 lb)

Powerplant

1 × le Rhône M, 9 cyl air-cooled rotary piston engine, 150 kW (200 hp) (rating) – actual power 119 kW (160 hp)

Performance

Maximum speed

186 km/h (116 mph, 100 kn)

Endurance

2.25

Armament

Guns

2 x .303-in (7.7-mm) machine guns.

 

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