Sunday, August 1, 2010

Caproni Ca.20 -- August 1, 2010

Another highlight of our July, 2010 visit to Seattle was the Museum of Flight. It is an enormous collection that we were not able to finish going through in three hours. I took this photo in the Personal Courage Wing, which features airplanes, mostly fighters, from World War One and World War Two. This is the only Ca.20 built, which was saved in a barn by Gianni Caproni and his family. Built in 1914, the Ca.20 was one of the earliest airplanes designed as a fighter. The machine gun sits on the stand above the single wing so it can fire over the arc of the propeller. The propeller seemed too short to me, but perhaps that was to make it easier to fire over.

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