Gianni Caproni Aviation Museum
Trento, Italy


Photos © Ruud Leeuw
 

On Sep. 05th (2012) I visited this museum, while driving south for my holidays in the Italian sun.
Since this museum is reputedly the oldest Italian aviation museum, I thought it would be worthy of a visit: the exception to the rule for these holidays to ignore my aviation interest.

Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni caproni
An early study of 'the wing'..

Trento Aviation Museum
The aviation history of Italy goes back a long way!
 


Gianni caproni, Museo dell'Aeronautica

Trento Aviation Museum
A Dutch connection, magnificent!
This Fokker D. VIII is the only one known to exist (the wings were lost many years ago, sadly).
Trento Aviation Museum


 

Trento Aviation Museum
Trento Aviation Museum

Trento Aviation Museum

 

 

Trento Aviation Museum
CAPRONI CA.9

Trento Aviation Museum

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Trento Aviation Museum
Ansaldo A 1 'Balilla'

Trento Aviation Museum


Museo dell'Aeronautica Gianni caproni
Caproni CA 53 'Triplano'

 

caproni (Trento) Aviation Museum
Caproni CA.100 Idro, mm56237


caproni (Trento) Aviation Museum
Caproni CA.163

caproni (Trento) Aviation Museum

 

caproni (Trento) Aviation Museum
caproni (Trento) Aviation Museum
Flying: Gabardini G.51 bis

caproni (Trento) Aviation Museum
SIAI Marchetti S.79

caproni (Trento) Aviation Museum

The Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Italian for 'Sparrowhawk') was a three-engined Italian medium bomber with a wood-and-metal structure.
Originally designed as a fast passenger aircraft, this low-wing monoplane, in the years 1937–39, set 26 world records that qualified it for some time as the fastest medium bomber in the world !
It first saw action during the Spanish Civil War and flew on all fronts in which Italy was involved during World War II.
It became famous and achieved many successes as a torpedo bomber in the Mediterranean theater.
The SM.79 was an outstanding aircraft and was certainly the best-known Italian aeroplane of World War II.
It was easily recognizable due to its distinctive fuselage dorsal 'hump', and was well liked by its crews who nicknamed it Gobbo Maledetto ('damned hunchback').
It was the most widely produced Italian bomber of World War II, with some 1,300 built, remaining in Italian service until 1952.
Wikipedia, more..

caproni (Trento) Aviation Museum

 

caproni (Trento) Aviation Museum
Macchi M.20

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caproni (Trento) Aviation Museum
 

Gianni caproni, Museo dell'Aeronautica
Caproni CA.6

Gianni caproni, Museo dell'Aeronautica

Gianni caproni, Museo dell'Aeronautica


Caproni was an Italian aircraft manufacturer founded in 1908 by Giovanni Battista "Gianni" Caproni.
It was initially named, from 1911, Società de Agostini e Caproni, then Società Caproni e Comitti.
Caproni made the first aircraft of Italian construction in 1911. The manufacturing facilities were based in Taliedo, a peripheral district of Milan.
During World War I, Caproni developed a series of successful heavy bombers, used by the Italian, French, British and US air forces.
Between the world wars, Caproni evolved into a large syndicate named Società Italiana Caproni, Milano, which bought some smaller manufacturers. The main subdivisions were Caproni Bergamasca, Caproni Vizzola, Reggiane and engine manufacturer Isotta-Fraschini.
Between the world wars, Caproni produced mostly bombers and light transport planes. The Società Italiana Caproni ceased to exist in 1950, although one of its divisions, Caproni Vizzola endured until 1983 when it was bought by Agusta.
Wikipedia, more..
 


Gianni caproni, Museo dell'Aeronautica

Gianni caproni, Museo dell'Aeronautica
Caproni Bristol

Gianni caproni, Museo dell'Aeronautica

Gianni caproni, Museo dell'Aeronautica

 

www.museocaproni.it

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