Can anybody identify this WW1 or earlier plane? This tri-wing plane has two engines, most others I have googled have only one.

Photo from the collection of Corporal W. A. Easman 212580 of the 67th Wing RAF.

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    $\begingroup$ I see three props... Probably, three engines, two tractor props and one pusher... $\endgroup$
    – xxavier
    Aug 27, 2018 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ Flying spaghetti monster? $\endgroup$ Mar 29 at 1:17

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Gianni Caprioni's 1918 Ca 4 triplane bomber, shown here with Caprioni and three companion aircraft. It has a twin boom tail and a pusher prop in the center pod, so it is a triengine triplane.

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Probably a Caproni Ca.42. Six were acquired by the RNAS, which became the RAF in April 1918. (A service number of 2xxxxx indicates a man who transferred in from the RNAS, incidentally, so this fits.)

The squadron which operated these, after renumbering, was No. 227 RAF; WP suggests this was part of 67 Wing, though I can't find a clear source for this elsewhere.


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