Savoia-Marchetti S.65 Schneider Racer




The unorthodox Savoia-Marchetti S.65 was intended to win the 1929 Schneider Trophy Race for Italy. Unfortunately, the aircraft crashed and took the life of Tommaso Dal Molin.

By William Pearce

After the Italian team was defeated on its home turf at Venice, Italy in the 1927 Schneider Trophy Race, the Italian Ministero dell’Aeronautica (Air Ministry) sought to ensure victory for the 1929 race. The Ministero dell’Aeronautica instituted programs to enhance aircraft, engines, and pilot training leading up to the 1929 Schneider race. Early in 1929, the Ministero dell’Aeronautica requested racing aircraft designs from major manufacturers and encouraged unorthodox configurations.

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Smoke’em if ya got’em!

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American Airlines Boeing 707

Obviously the “No Smoking” sign only applies in the cabin

I’m old enough to remember smoking from the engines AND the passengers being perfectly acceptable.

I won’t say it was a better time but I also won’t apologize for preferring the old 4 engine models to the new, quiet twins.  It’s hard to run outside and look up like when I was a kid if I can’t hear ’em…