Caproni Ca.60 Transaereo
I’ve imagined the thought process on this design. Boats are popular. Planes are popular. The two designed together is destined for greatness. The boat-plane is the future. Well, judging by this picture, seems more like the past. Gianni Caproni patented the concept of the aircraft in 1919. He envisioned an aircraft transporting a hundred people domestically or even internationally. Caproni believed his boat-plane’s multi-engines would help prevent accidents. He heavily publicized his aircraft.
In 1921, The Transaereo flew for the first time. A short and successful flight. In the second flight, the Transaereo’s tail detached in midair. The boat-plane nosedived. The press snapped photos of the wreck. In a moment, Caproni’s future of aviation concept smashed into Italy’s Lake Maggiore. Caproni insisted on the preservation of Transaereo’s remains. The boat-plane’s fragments exhibit the past at the Volandia aviation museum.