This is a magnificent original machine restored to perfection by Caproni.
The ribs are capped with tacked canes on both the top and bottom surfaces,
and these canes do not extend the full chord of the wing. The wing fabric
is applied at a 45-degree angle. Ash skids protect the wing tips. Struts
are wrapped with black tapes, and asbestos tape is used to protect the wood
from the heat of the exhaust systems where appropriate. Metal fittings are,
generally speaking, japanned, including metal auxiliary struts.
The turnbuckles are solid brass.
Undercarriage arrangement features both japanned and black-painted
components, and the bungee cords are black. The wooden components
are wrapped in fabric, and the whole painted gloss black; Supporting
struts above remain in varnished wood, so check photos. The tailskid
structures are illustrated herewith:
The nacelle has some aluminum reinforcing plates at the extreme nose,
and houses aluminum and painted steel gas tanks. The tanks appear
to be pressurized (or vented?) by green-painted pipes with bugle mouths
facing into the slipstream. The gravity fuel tank features a glass
sight gauge for the crew. The bomb bay doors are simple fabric-covered
frames, and the pilot is equipped with strut-mounted resistance-based
ASI on the port side.
The gunners station above the third engine is simply a plywood platform
inside a black japanned cage. This is equipped with an aluminum gun
ring on which the twin Revelli MGs traverse, and what appears to be
chicken wire prevents the gunner from sticking an appendage into the
spinning propeller below and aft of this station. The guns are
prevented from depressing to a point where they will be in the prop
radius or in danger of hitting the empennage by japanned deflectors of
The photos were taken by Sanjeev Hirve and Lance Krieg. The complete set of
55 jpegs is available for download as a
Charle Hart (
) took the following photos during a two separate visits to the USAF Museum in
Dayton, Ohio. The first four photos were taken in 1989 while the aircraft was
undergoing restoration at the museum shops. The other six photographs were made
in 1990 and show the aircraft as it is currently displayed.
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