Caproni Vizzola F.6/F.7

1st Flight 1941

The Caproni Vizzola F.6 was a World War II-era Italian fighter aircraft built by Caproni.

It was a single-seat, low-wing cantilever monoplane with retractable landing gear.

Only two prototypes were built, one designated F.6M and the other designated F.6Z.

Variants

F.6M

First prototype, powered by a German-built Daimler-Benz DB 605A engine

F.6Z

Second prototype, powered by an Isotta-Fraschini Zeta R.C.25/60 engine

F.7

An extensively revised F.6 powered by a 1,175 h.p. Alfa Romeo R.A.1000 R.C.44-la Monsone, (license-built DB 601A-l) engine.

Development abandoned with the September 1943 armistice.

Specifications

Crew: one

Length: 9.15 m (30 ft 0.25 in) (F.6Z 9.01 m (30 ft))

Wingspan: 11.35 m (37 ft 3 in) (F.6Z 11.82 m (39 ft))

Height: 3.02 m (9 ft 11 in)

Wing area: 18.81 m2 (202.5 sq ft)

Aspect ratio: 6.85

Empty weight: 2,265 kg (4,993 lb) (F.6Z 3,348 kg (7,381 lb))

Gross weight: 2,885 kg (6,360 lb) (F.6Z 4,092 kg (9,021 lb))

Powerplant: 1 × Daimler-Benz DB 605A V-12 inverted liquid-cooled piston engine, 1,099 kW (1,474 hp)

Propellers: 3-bladed

Performance

Maximum speed: 569 km/h (354 mph, 307 kn) at 5,000 m (16,000 ft) (F.6Z 630 km/h (391 mph))

Range: 950 km (590 mi, 513 nmi) at 477 km/h (296 mph) (F.6Z 1,370 km (850 mi))

Wing loading: 155.4 kg/m2 (31.4 lb/sq ft)

Power/mass: 2.63 kg/kW

Armament

Guns: 3 (F.6Z) or 4 (F.6M) × 12.7 mm (0.5 in) forward-firing Breda-SAFAT machine guns.

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