Museo dell’Aeronautica Gianni Caproni – Trento, Italy


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Gabardini G.51bis
In the Northern Italian city of “Trento”, located at the airport, is an aviation museum with unique material.The “Museo dell’Aeronautica Gianni Caproni” museum is not large but very beautiful.It is spacious and well lit. They display first world war and second world war material. The aircraft from the first world war outnumber the second world war planes in the museum.The museum is very pleasant to visit, it is spatial, open and inviting to snoop around.

The different types of aircraft on display:

Ansaldo SVA 5
Avia FL.3
Breda 19
Bücker Bü.131
Dornier Do27B-1
Caproni Ca.6
Caproni Ca.9
Caproni Ca.193
Caproni Ca.100 Idro
Caproni Ca.163
Caproni Trento FL.5
Caproni Vizzola C-22J
Caproni Bristol
Fokker D.VIII
Gabardini G.51bis
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
Macchi M.20
Macchi MB.308
Saiman 202M
Savoia Marchetti S.79
Savoia Marchetti SM.80 Bis

I do not know if the museum participates  in exchange programmes with other museums, it may be that some aircraft types are temporarily not on display when you visit. Check the museums website for information.
Ansaldo SVA 5

 

A little bit of Dutch pride can be seen in the museum, the Fokker D.VIII is on display here.
In the museum are some flight simulators to play with. And an enthusiastic hostess. She told me the story of Martino Aichner, an Italian pilot from the 2nd World War era.

Savoia-Marchetti SM.79

 

Martino Aichner flew the Savoia-Marchetti SM 79 in a combined attack with Navy and air force on English ships in the Mediterranean Sea.
Martino Aichner and his team sank an English ship, the HMS Bedouin. They themselves were shot down during this attack and lost all their proof of their action.
The Italian Navy which is also fired at the English ship took the credits for sinking of the HMS Bedouin.

Martino Aichner lost his air force rank was transferred to another army branch. This was common practice in the Italian air force at the time. In 4 flights you had to sink a ship or be transferred to the Navy or army.

After the war Martino Aichner travelled to England to speak with a survivor of the HMS Bedouin. Who could confirm that a plane torpedoed the final blow on the HMS Bedouin.

Martino Aichner had his evidence and he and his crew received their “post war” acknowledgement for their actions.

Memorial to Martino Aichner and his crew

 

A word of advice;
The museum closes during the afternoon break, after the rest period you can use with the same admission ticket to finish your visit.





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