The different types of aircraft on display:
Ansaldo SVA 5
Caproni Ca.100 Idro
Caproni Trento FL.5
Caproni Vizzola C-22J
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter
Savoia Marchetti S.79
Savoia Marchetti SM.80 Bis
|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.
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.