The Adamoli-Cattani fighter was a prototype fighter aircraft designed as a private venture by two Italian aircraft builders in 1918.

Adamoli-Cattani fighter
Role Fighter
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Farina and Officine Moncenisio
Designer Signori Adamoli & Cattani
First flight 1918
Number built 1

Design and development Edit

The Adamoli-Cattani was intended to be the smallest practical biplane around the most powerful engine available to them, a 149 kW (200 hp) le Rhône 9M. The result was a reasonably conventional design, other than that the wings featured hinged leading edges in place of conventional ailerons. The Farina Coach Building factory in Turin began construction of the prototype; the Officine Moncenisio in Condove completed it.[1]

Operational history Edit

Upon completion, ground testing revealed that the engine as installed could only deliver some 80% of its rated power, thus leaving the aircraft significantly underpowered. Limited tests continued until the end of World War I, when the Armistice made further development superfluous.[1]

Specifications (estimated performance with 200hp engine) Edit

Data from The Complete Book of Fighters[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 6.10 m (20 ft 0 in)
  • Wingspan: 8.60 m (28 ft 3 in)
  • Empty weight: 470 kg (1,036 lb)
  • Gross weight: 675 kg (1,488 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × le Rhône 9M air-cooled rotary piston engine, 150 kW (200 hp) (rating) - actual power 119 kW (160 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 186 km/h (116 mph; 100 kn)
  • Endurance: 2.25


References Edit

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e Green, William; Gordon Swanborough (1997). The Complete Book of Fighters. London: Salamander Books Limited. p. 8. ISBN 1-85833-777-1.
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