Will Commissar Hoggovitch and Senior Lieutenant of State Security Rosco P. Coltranesky ever catch those Dukeshvilii boys?
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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A Supermarine Walrus in testing, circa 1938. They were carried by most British battleships and cruisers during the Second World War, providing an independent reconnaissance asset. Ungainly as they were these things were actually the first British aircraft to enter service with a fully retractable main undercarriage, completely enclosed crew accommodation and an all-metal fuselage.