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Adamoli-Cattani Fighter


In 1918, Adamoli and Cattani designed the smallest possible single-engine seat fighter around the most powerful rotary engine available, the 200-hp (149-kW) Le Rhone. With conventional wooden construction and fabric covering, the fighter was unequal-span unstaggered biplane with Warren truss-type interplane bracing.  Lateral control was by interlinked and hinged wing leading edges varing the wing’s camber tip. Rigid tubes were used to actuate the movable tail surfaces. Construction of the prototype Fighter began at the Farina works in Turin, but was then transferred to the Officine Moncenisio in Condove for completion.  Initial static testing revealed that the engine only developed 160hp (119 kW) and the fighter would be seriously underpowered.  These limited trails took place at the end of WW1 and further development of the fighter was abandoned after the Armistice.

Adamoli-Cattani fighter (estimated for fully-rated engine)
Type: single-seat biplane fighter
Engine: 160-hp (149-Kw) Le Rhone rotary
Maximum level speed: 186mph (300 kmh)
Endurance: 2 hr 30 min
Empty weight: 1,035 lb (470 kg)
Loaded weight: 1,488 lb (675 kg
Wing span:  28 ft 2 ½ in (8.6 m)
Length:  20 ft 1/8in (6.1 m)
Armament: 2 x 0.303-in (7.7mm) machine guns


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