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Italian Royal Air Force

Posted: 4 Jul 2009 10:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gugliara
I don't know. I started my husband's family tree and his grandmother's cousin was interesting sitting in his plane and another picture wearing his uniform.

Italian Royal Air Force (Regia Aeronautica Italiana) was the name of the air force of the Kingdom of Italy (Regno d'Italia). He had the fascist symbols on his plane.
This is the link were I found this information
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regia_Aeronautica#Aircraft

Another link of him sitting in his plane and another one below that in uniform.

http://filmva.org/what-kind-of-plane.html

Thank You,
Vicki

Re: Italian Royal Air Force

Posted: 4 Jul 2009 10:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
The aircraft looks like the Italian Caproni Ca.164 bi-plane that was built just prior to WWII, the Italian Royal Air Force (Regia Aeronautica Italiana) had around 280. Intended for training it was found to be unsuitable in that roll and used for “liason” between bomber units, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caproni_Ca.164 for full text.

For some model examples see http://www.superaereo.com/ca100.html

The man in uniform is wearing “dress uniform” of the Italian Royal Air Force and his rank is a sergeant. He’s not wearing any “wings” [pilots or observers] so either wasn’t a pilot/observer or hadn’t completed training.

Re: Italian Royal Air Force

Posted: 5 Jul 2009 9:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank You some much!
Do you know what the number 35 means?

Vicki

Re: Italian Royal Air Force

Posted: 5 Jul 2009 9:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
This was the response I got from another board

Possibly a FIAT A.S. 1. Civilian sports plane and military trainer. "35" might be the individual number.

Vicki

Re: Italian Royal Air Force

Posted: 5 Jul 2009 8:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sorry it was the Fiat A.S.1 trainer

I must have had double vision I could have sworn the picture was of a bi-plane and of course it was a mono-plane.

The 35 could be the aircraft’s number. I’ve believe fighters and bombers usually had the squadron number on the fuselage and I’ve seen some pictures that had another number after it that may well be the individual aircraft number and there is something before the 35 [11 perhaps].

If you can’t find a forum the specifically deals with the Regia Aeronautica can I suggest this one at http://www.stormomagazine.com/index.htm , may be able to help, these modelling people are sticklers for authentic details.

Apologies once again for telling you the wrong aircraft type.

Jeff

Re: Italian Royal Air Force

Posted: 5 Jul 2009 10:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank You!

Vicki
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