The Caproni Ca.193 was an Italian liaison and air-taxi aircraft that was offered to the Italian Air Force as an instrument flight trainer and to the Navy for liaison.
Design work started in 1945 and only the prototype was built.
It was the last aircraft the Caproni company designed and built in Milan.
The first flight of the prototype, registered I-POLO in reference to the designers, was flown by Tullio De Prato at Linate Airport, Milan, on 13 May 1949.
The aircraft was then briefly tested by the military in Rome, but was returned to the manufacturer and no orders were forthcoming.
Several variants were then considered, including the use of turboprop engines, a radar-equipped naval patrol version, and a ‘colonial’ model, but none was implemented.
The aircraft was purchased by the Air Force as MM56701 in March 1950, and in July 1952 it was sold for civilian use, ending up with the Trento Aero Club at Gardolo Airport, where it was withdrawn from use in 1960.
It is now on display, after refurbishment in 1991, at the Gianni Caproni Museum of Aeronautics in Trento, Italy.
Capacity: 3 to 5
Length: 9.0 m (29 ft 6 in)
Wingspan: 13.8 m (45 ft 3 in)
Height: 2.49 m (8 ft 2 in)
Wing area: 19.05 m2 (205 sq ft)
Empty weight: 1,220 kg (2,585 lb)
Gross weight: 1,900 kg (4,185 lb)
Power plant: 2 × Walter Minor 6-III 6-cylinder in-line piston engines , 119 kW (160 hp) each
Maximum speed: 300 km/h (186 mph, 162 kn)
Service ceiling: 5,400 m (17,710 ft)
Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945-Jonathan Thompson
Aeroplani Caproni: Gianni Caproni and His Aircraft, 1910-1983–Rosario Abate, Gregory Alegi, Giorgio Apostolo