from Paul Dunlop:
“This flying machine is the Somalvico So.1 “David”, built by Guiseppe Somalvico in Lake Como, Italy, 1921. The two discs, above and below the cockpit, are supposed to spin around, and generate lift in the same way that frisbees and discuses do.”
”..A few minutes later, while still in the valley of the Tiber, we entered a bank of clouds and saw a marvelous sight. Clouds had formed rapidly in a vast basin like the crater of a huge volcano, and through a rift in them we saw, 1900 feet below us, a curve of the river, like a broad silver band, reflecting the moon, which shone with extraordinary refulgence..
..Presently to our wonder and delight, there appeared on the white wall of vapor opposite and a little lower than our car, a perfect reflection of the balloon, rigging, car, and occupants, as clearly defined as in a magic lantern. All around the great shadow balloon was a radiant lunar rainbow. Straight below it was another bright little circular rainbow..
..For a few seconds the shadow picture seemed immovable; then the scene dissolved as swiftly as it came, and we were borne away on the freshened current of the southwest wind..”
“a nine-wing flying boat intended to be a prototype for a 100-passenger trans-atlantic airliner. It featured eight engines and three sets of triple wings..
The prototype only made one short flight on 4 March 1921 over Lake Maggiore in Italy. The aircraft attained an altitude of only 18 m (60 ft) and crashed shortly thereafter, breaking up on impact. The pilot escaped unscathed…”
the Caproni Ca.4, circa 1918
the Getti Tonanti
the Getti Tonanti (Thunder Jet) display team, of the Italian Air Force - that took part in the opening of Olympic Games in Rome in 1960