Thayaht: Il paracadute Salvator.

“Paracadutista” (Parachutist) 1931.
It’s been a long time since I don’t share a piece of Futurismo here. It’s time then. In this case, a lovely piece by the hand of Thayaht, the artist name of Ernesto Michahelles.

With its Warren girder interplane structure and characteristic shorter upper wing, the biplane depicted here couldn’t be more Italian. By the way, the “Salvator” was the classic Italian parachute of that era.


CANT Z.1007bis Alcione(?): In bocca di… cane.

Stylist portrait of a Regia Aeronautica (RA) pilot taken during a supposed stratospheric flight over Greece. Based on the cockpit canopy structure and the shape of the control wheel, the aircraft looks to me like an Alcione. Not 100% sure though.
The pilot’s headgear consists of a Giusti flight helmet and the bulky and unmistakable FILOTECNICA oxygen mask; the RA standard issue. Its truncated cone shape earned that mask the nickname “dognose” or “pignose”. The flight suit appears to be a MARUS 1930.

Photo: Rivista Tempo n.82, 1940.

Fiat G.46-3A: ….with the Italian Giralda.

The Fiat G.46 was a splendid Italian training aircraft that appeared just after the end of World War II. One of the quite excellent designs produced by the fast recovering Italian aircraft industry. Its basic design resembled Fiat’s late war G.55 fighter and had a touch of the previous G.50 (its tail feathers). Nothing unusual knowing the designer of those three Fiat’s was the same Ing. Giuseppe Gabrielli.
First flown in 1946, the design proved to be a winner noted for is maneuverability. About 220 of these trainers were built in both single and two-seat variants. Operated by the Aeronautica Militare and a few foreign air forces, the G.46’s also saw extensive civilian service after being disposed by the military.

Italian styles. One of the civilized G.46’s flying low over Modena. The unmistakable “Ghirlandina”, the campanile (bell tower) of the Duomo di Modena at the right. At the helm was Adriano Ferrari who was a relatively well-known aviation personality in Italy. This single-seater is gladly still with us preserved at the Aviation Museum of Rimini.

IMAM Ro.57bis: Too little, way too late.

The Ro.57 was a pretty neat twin-engined, single-seat monoplane fighter/interceptor and dive-bomber produced by the Industrie Meccaniche e Aeronautiche Meridionali (IMAM) for the Italian  Regia Aeronautica. Based originally on a concept almost similar to American Lightning or the British Whirlwind , this late 1930’s design suffered a protracted development. First flown in 1939, the Ro.57 did not go into production until 1943. This delay was produced mainly for the decision to switch its role; from heavy fighter into a ground attack-dive bomber. That costed deathly. By the time it entered service it was already obsolete. Only around 50 were produced.

Superb profile cutaway of the Ro.57bis, the  dive bombing variant taken form its official instruction manual. Neat and purposeful it was.

Fiat G.91Y: Sorry, no dice.


The G.91Y was Gina‘s ultimate souped up variant. An almost brand new aircraft design, in fact.
This FIAT poster exposed the various qualities of the product and hopes of a promising future. To no effect. In the end, only the Italian Air Force bit the bate and just barely…, just 67 G.91Y’s were produced.