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Caproni Vizzola F.5

Kingdom of Italy (1940)
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The Caproni Vizzola F.5 was developed in parallel with the F.4 of 1940 but both amounted to little more than footnotes of Italian military aviation for their time in the air.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Caproni Vizzola F.5 Single-Seat, Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter.  Entry last updated on 6/8/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

In the pre-World War 2 period, F. Fabrizi of Italy led a design team that engineered several lesser-known fighter prototypes for the Kingdom of Italy. This work netted the "F.4", an all-modern monoplane seating one in an enclosed cockpit, offering a wholly retractable undercarriage, and armed with twin machine guns. Engine decisions meant that this model was passed on in favor of another fighter being designed in parallel - the "F.5'.

While the F.4 was intended to fit an Isotta-Fraschini liquid-cooled inline, the F.5 was to feature the Fiat A.74 R.C.38 twin-row, 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine of 870 horsepower. This was used to drive a three-bladed propeller unit at the nose. Both aircraft used the same low-wing monoplane layout and both were designed to carry 2 x 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT heavy machine guns as primary armament. The availability of the German Daimler-Benz DB601 inline engine for Italy in the summer of 1939 changed the fortunes of the F.4 some but this model, slated to become the "F.5bis" prototype, managed little before being given up for good in 1942.

The F.5 itself flew in prototype form on February 19th, 1939 with its Fiat powerplant in place. It was showcased to Italian authorities who were sold enough on the type to order a second flyable prototype for further evaluation and this was followed by a contract for twelve pre-series airframes (subsequent events then led to the final pre-series F.5 airframe being used to develop the F.4/F.5bis mentioned earlier as that program was revitalized by the arrival of the German inline engines).

The eleven pre-series F.5 were delivered to 300 Squadriglia and, by 1942, were formed as part of the night-fighting contingent of 167 Gruppo. Beyond this, it appears that little more was had with the F.5. Like the F.4, the F.5 ended its days most likely in 1942.

The F.5 "Gamma" was a proposed two-seat trainer being planned for the series. It was to be powered by an Isotta-Fraschini "Gamma" R.C.35 IS air-cooled radial piston engine instead. A single 7.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun was to make up its armament load for gunnery training. Little was realized of this project.

As flown, the F.5 managed a maximum speed of 317 miles per hour with a range out to 480 miles. Its service ceiling reached 31,200 feet.

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Rating: 44 (of 100)
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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (317mph).

    Graph average of 300 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Kingdom of Italy
Year: 1940
Type: Single-Seat, Single-Engine Monoplane Fighter
Manufacturer(s): Caproni - Kingdom of Italy
Production: 14
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Global Operators:
Kingdom of Italy (retired)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
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Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Caproni Vizzola F.5 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
25.92 ft


Meters
7.9 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
37.07 ft


Meters
11.3 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
9.84 ft


Meters
3 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
4,079 lb


Kilograms
1,850 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
4,938 lb


Kilograms
2,240 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Fiat A.74 R.C.38 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine developing 870 horsepower and driving a three-bladed propeller unit at the nose.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
317 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
510 kph


Knots
275 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
478 mi


Kilometers
770 km


Nautical Miles
416 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
31,168 ft


Meters
9,500 m


Miles
5.90 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

2 x 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT fixed, forward-firing machine guns.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• F.5 - Base Series Designation.
• F.5bis - F.4 airframe with DB601A inline engine built from final F.5 pre-series aircraft.
• F.5 "Gamma" - Proposed two-seat trainer with Isotta-Fraschini R.C.35 IS radial engine; not furthered.