The Italian aircraft manufacturers have a long history that goes back to the dawn of manned flight. Many pioneers like Caproni, the automobile manufacturer Fiat, railway car and ship-building company Piaggio and the company Savoia-Marchetti became well-known and established names in aviation history. The Italian aircraft builders have constructed a very large number if different types. Strangely, the number of types that went into large-scale production is much lower. The Italians were always famous for their elegant designs which is clearly demonstrated by their WW-II fighters. Italian manufacturers produced fighters that could meet on even terms with its opponents and also here the limited numbers available prevented large military successes!

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This collection of more than 200 photographs gives a nice overview of the history over the period 1930-1990. What is presented in this collection are mostly the lesser known types. I must admit that it is definitely NOT a complete overview of ALL types built, but for people more interested in Italian aircraft development I would recommend the following book: Thompson, Jonathan W. Italian civil and military aircraft 1930-1945 Aero Publishers, Inc., 1963 ISBN 0-8168-6500-0 It is out of print for many years by now, and maybe also not so easy to obtain second-hand but it is definitely worth finding!!

Nico Braas