Caproni Vizzola F-5

1st Flight 1939
The Caproni Vizzola F.5 was an Italian fighter aircraft built by Caproni.
Caproni Vizzola F.5
It was a single-seat, low-wing cantilever monoplane with retractable landing gear.
The F.5 was developed in parallel with the Caproni Vizzola F.4, with which it shared a common airframe.
Design began in late 1937 by a team led by F. Fabrizi.
The aircraft had a welded steel-tube fuselage and wooden wings, the fuselage was covered with flush-riveted duralumin, while the wing had a stressed plywood skin.
The F.5 had a two-row 14-cylinder Fiat A.74 R.C. 38 radial engine, unlike the F.4, which Fabrizi and his design team intended to be powered by a water-cooled engine.
The F.4 project was not pursued immediately because the Italian Air Ministry held its proposed engine in disfavor, but development of the F.5 continued.
The F.5 prototype first flew on 19 February 1939.
Caproni Vizzola F.5
The aircraft displayed very high maneuverability during official testing, prompting an order for both a second prototype and 12 preproduction models.
The last of the preproduction aircraft was selected for use as a prototype in a renewed F.4 program, but the rest of the F.5 order was delivered to the Regia Aeronautica.
No F.5 production models were built as Caproni decided to produce the more developed Caproni Vizzola F.6M fighter instead.
The Regia Aeronautica assigned the 11 preproduction F.5 fighters to the 300° Squadriglia, 51° Stormo for operational use.
By 1942, they were serving as night fighters in the 167° Gruppo.
The F.5 was offered to foreign customers.
It has been said that the Aeroplani Caproni subsidiary in Peru acquired the license rights for local manufacture, but no F.5s were ever built in Peru.
Caproni Vizzola F.5
Specifications-
Length: 7.90 m (25 ft 11 in)
Wingspan: 11.3 m (37 ft 1 in)
Height: 3 m (9 ft 10 in)
Wing area: 17.6 m2 (189 sq ft)
Empty weight: 1,850 kg (4,079 lb)
Gross weight: 2,238 kg (4,934 lb)
Power plant: 1 × Fiat A.74 R.C.38 14-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 649 kW (870 hp) at take-off
Performance
Maximum speed: 510 km/h (320 mph, 280 kn)
Range: 770 km (480 mi, 420 nmi) at 455 km/h (283 mph)
Service ceiling: 9,500 m (31,200 ft)
Time to altitude: 6,500m (21,325ft) in 6min 30s
Armament
Guns: 2 × 12.7 mm (0.5 in) forward-firing Breda-SAFAT machine guns
Caproni Vizzola F.5
Credits
Italian Aircraft of World War II: Nico Sgarlato
Japanese and Italian Aircraft (Military Aviation Library World War II)-Bill Gunston
Aeroplani Caproni: Gianni Caproni and His Aircraft, 1910-1983–Rosario Abate, Gregory Alegi, Giorgio Apostolo
Wikipedia

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