Monday, April 17, 2017

the 1926 Macchi M.39, known as la Macchina Nervosa in Italy, and as the Flying Flirt in the USA, winner of the Schneider Cup

Specially designed to win the 1926 Schneider Cup when Mussolini ordered it built to win at all costs. The left wing and pontoon were designed differently than the right side... in order to make the left turns and offest the engine torque.

They smuggled Italian wine into the USA in the spare float to celebrate the win.

Image from Conquerors of the Air: The Evolution of Aircraft 1903-1945, text by Heiner Emde, illustrations by Carlos Demand, Viking Press, 1968, via

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