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The Caproni Campini N.1 (sometimes referred to as the CC.2) was an experimental aircraft built by the Italian aircraft manufacturer Caproni. It was considered the first jet-powered airplane to take flight, before the Heinkel He 178 was made public.It's first flight was in 27 august 1940.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caproni_Campini_N.1

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Considering that the main action of a spindle derived four-stroke engine, is not strictly a jet, but the concept is really, principles and ideas. So, if course, is ahead of his time. As you can see here:

http://www.ams.vr.it/PIER/AircWalkAround/Museo%20Vignadivalle/Campi...

A "Thermo" or "Motorjet", but the concept was getting there! So, she does make for an interesting bird!

GREAT link, Pablo!

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