YouTube - CAP 232
Initial Climb Rate:
22 ft. 1 in.
26 ft. 6 in.
3 1/2 hrs. (apprx.)
The CAP 232 is the last in the line of aerobatic aircraft originally developed for the French Air Force aerobatics team, Equipe de Voltige de l'Armée de l'Air, that flew from 1986 through 2005. CAP (Constructions Aeronautics Parisiennes) were designed by Mudry, with the last aircraft produced in 2007.
CAP 232 aircraft differ from their predecessors in that they have a reinforced fuselage and wing spars. This enables the CAP 232 to have a roll rate of 420 degrees per second.
The CAP 232 evolved from an aerobatic competition aircraft equipped with a 200 hp engine. Its fuselage and wings were strengthened to use a 300 hp engine.
The next upgrades in the aircraft involved trailing edge apex triangular surfaces being added to the wings. The aircraft were certified at +10 G's to - 10 G's.
Further design evolution provided for the reduction of buffeting while pulling up and experiencing high G forces by adding leading edge triangle apex surfaces. Carbon fiber replaced the wood in the aircraft's wings for added strength and lighter weight.
CAP 232 series aircraft have won world championships in 1998, 2000, and 2007 as well as numerous regional championships.
RC CAP 232