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Compagnia Nazionale Aeronautica was a manufacturer of aircraft and aircraft engines established in Italy in 1920 by Count Giovanni Bonmartini. Together with a group of World War I veteran pilots, he operated a flying school in Rome from a field that would eventually be developed into Littorio airport. For the next decade or so, CNA also developed their own aircraft and engines to power them. Bonmartini had also worked on an advanced racing motorcycle engine, the GBR in another partnership, and eventually CNA acquired the rights to this as well.

 

When they moved their Roman base from Cerveteri to Littorio in 1928, they built a factory in which they could produce both aircraft and aircraft engines; some were designed by other companies, some by themselves.

 

Mainly a license builder of others' designs, but in mid/late 1930s own products included C.N.A.15 low-wing and C.N.A.25 high-wing four-seat cabin monoplanes (both CNA-engined).

In 1934 Bonmartini sold CNA to Caproni. In turn, Caproni sold rights to the GBR engine to Gilera, who developed it as the Rondine.

During 1939-1940 said to have produced PM1 two-seat high-wing monoplane with flat-four engine. Aircraft

Aircraft Types:
CNA Beta
CNA Eta
CNA Teta
CNA Merrah
CNA 15
CNA 25
CNA PM.1

Engines:
CNA C
CNA C.II
CNA C.VI
CNA C-7
CNA D-4

 

 

 

 

 

 


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