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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An aircrew of the 455th Bombardment Group, 743rd Bomb Squadron (15th AF) standing in front of the B-24H Liberator “TePee Time Gal” at San Giovanni Airfield (Foggia), Italy, 1944-45.
He -according to some sources it’s Major David G. Bellemere- is wearing a sample of typical late-WW2 clothing. Of interest are the M-2 armor vest (used by “armor-seated” crews), M-3 armor apron and M-3 flak helmet- that helmet was worn over an A-11 helmet, B-8 goggles and A-14 oxygen mask. Our friend shows his healthy individualism with those neat 1940 Pattern RAF boots.
The Americans, as usual, always overkill with any kind of gear. Better safe than sorry.
via Consolidated B-24H Liberator: Citizen Soldier’s Armor. — The Dreamy Dodo
US Navy airship K-101 of Airship Patrol Squadron ZP-14 at Pisa, Italy, May 1945
Perhaps a missed opportunity to push the tower back into place?
“It was impossible to resist, the Italians were climbing up like cats!!”
From a letter written by an Austrian officer in 1918
By William Pearce Ernest Archdeacon was an early proponent of the automobile and aviation. Before 1900, Archdeacon had participated in several automobile races, and he founded the Aéro-Club de Fran…
Source: Archdeacon (Buchet) Aéro-motocyclette