Air Pictorial 2002-05
M.Wickstead - The Origins of Alitalia
A widely used German type in the 1920-30s was the Junkers F.13, this example being I-BATB operated by Transadria.
A poor but interesting photograph of a Caproni Ca.148 of Ala Littoria, registered I-ETIO, taken dur­ing the war.
Pre-war poster for Ala Littoria
Macchi M.100 flying-boat of Ala Littoria which flew the type in the late 1930s. I-PLIO was still in service in 1943 when it was operated by the Regia Aeronautica.
Alitalia has been a Douglas aircraft operator since the 1940s and today includes 90 McDonnell Douglas MD-82s in its fleet.
One of nine Savoia-Marchetti S.66 twin-hulled flying-boats operated by the Ala Littoria SA in the 1930s. Powered by three 700hp Fiat A24R 12-cylinder engines, the S.66 carried seven passengers in each hull with the pilot located in the wing centre section.
One of the few four-engined aircraft designed and built in Italy before the end of the Second World War, the Savoia-Marchetti SM.95 first flew on August 3, 1943. Post-war, six aircraft joined Alitalia, including l-DALO Antonio Vivaldi, pictured at RAF Northolt in 1950. Unfortunately, this aircraft crashed near Civitavecchia after being struck by lightning on January 17,1951.
Interior of the four-engined Savoia-Marchetti SM.95 late-war airliner. The cabin accommodates 18 passengers.