Miscellaneous aircraft and small collections

Various

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Agusta-Bell 212AM PS-93 Italian Police helicopter flying over Volandia at Milan Malpensa Airport
Lindstrand LTL-230T HiFlyer I-MICM Sightseeing captive balloon over Turin city centre

Friedrichshafen Bodensee Airport, Germany

As seen from the Dornier Museum - sorry about the fence.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Extra EA-400 D-EXLH  
ATR ATR-72-600 OE-LIB Friedrichshafen is Intersky's base
Bombardier Dash-8 Q300 OE-LIA Intersky
Zeppelin LZ N07-100 Airship D-LZZF Edelweiss Air livery - preparing for their 20th anniversary flights over Switzerland. Zeppelin Airships are based at Friedrichshafen.

Kossuth Lajos Technical College, Budapest, Hungary

This college has a small collection of aircraft, some of which can be powered up for systems operation.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Antonov An-2M HA-MHG  
Kamov Ka-26 408 Hungarian Air Force
MiG-21MF 4407 Hungarian Air Force
Mil Mi-8T CCCP-25625 Hungarian Air Force
Mil Mi-24D 96-05 ex 433 German Air Force
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk 4R-ATB SriLanka registration - one source says it's ex HA-APW - a bit of a mystery.
PZL-Okecie 101A Gawron HA-PXA Gawron = rook. Polish agricultural development of the Yak-12. 325 built.
PZL-Okecie 101A Gawron HA-PXB  
PZL-Swidnik SM-1 (Mil Mi-1) 033 Hungarian Air Force

Tino Sana Museum of Carpentry, (Museo del falegname Tino Sana),
Almenno San Bartolomeo, Bergamo, Italy

A fascinating company museum, with examples of tools, musical intstruments, furniture, as well as transport such as carts, cars, motorbikes and bicycles. They also have a significant plane hanging in the main hall.

The Ansaldo A.1 Balilla was Italy's only domestically produced WW1 fighter. Arriving in late 1917, one was donated to celebrity pilot Antonio Locatelli shortly after he had taken part in the "Flight over Vienna" in an SVA - see below. Unfortunately a week later a mechanical fault caused Locatelli to make a forced landing behind enemy lines and he was taken prisoner. He made a daring escape shortly afterwards. The Air Force still ordered 100 further aircraft, all of which were delivered before the end of the war.

This is Locatelli's actual aircraft. Only one other Balilla survives, 16552 at the Caproni Museum in Trento.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs
Ansaldo A1 Balilla 16553

Turin Polytechnic College, Italy

The "Centro di Volo a Vela (CVV) del Politecnico di Torino" (CVT), was founded in May 1952 by a group of enthusiasts including Alberto and Piero Morelli. The college maintains a small collection of gliders which have a connection with the aeronautical department, plus a variety of odd bits and pieces. They also have an excellent collection of aircraft engines, specialising in very early types.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Aeronautica Lombarda GP2 (CVV2) Asiago I-GVGA 1937 design by the CVV of the Royal Polytechnic of Milan.
Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk4 (NA F-86E) MM19739 Tail section
CVT CVT4 Strale I-CVTC 11 Strale = arrow. Experimental high-performance glider first flown in 1961.
CVT M-300 I-CVTE 31 Designed by the Morelli brothers, two were completed with the assistance of the CVT. This is the first prototype, first flown in 1968.
Morelli M-100 I-LOTI 71 1956 single-seater. Over 200 M-100 of several versions were built in Italy and France.
Morelli (Aeromere) M-100S I-CVTD 76 Updated version of the M-100 to comply with changed FAI regulations in 1958.

Fondazione Il Vittoriale Degli Italiani, Gardone Riviera, Italy

Gabriele d'Annunzio was a famous poet, author and pilot. During WW1, he led some notable operations, including the "Flight over Vienna" in August 1918. in which he led a fleet of 11 Ansaldo SVA aircraft on a daring leaflet-dropping and reconnaissance 'raid'. The operation was much admired, and had big repercussions. See Aeroplane Monthly, January 2015.

The aircraft in the Vittoriale is the aircraft in which he flew during the Flight over Vienna. It is an SVA-5 specially converted into a two-seater for the operation.

By the way, the Vittoriale claims to be Italy's most beautiful garden - and it's well worth a visit.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs
Ansaldo SVA-5 12736

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