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IAFM - 286304 viewsThe Il Barchino (the punt) hydroplane of Gaetano Crocco and Ottavio Ricaldoni that was tested on Lake Bracciano in 1906. Powered by a Clément-Bayard 80-100hp engine that drove two large rear-mounted propellors. The vessel weighed 1,500kg all up and reached speeds of around 70kph. Crocco went on to become Italy's premier aero-space scientist and engineer.
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USAF - 002275 viewsFocke-Wulf Fw-190D-9. Entering service in late 1944, the D-9 was the first Fw-190 to use a liquid-cooled V12 (Jumo 213A) in place of the original air-cooled radial engine. The longer nose required the addition of a 30cm/12in "plug" in the rear fuselage, just in front of the tail. Although intended for high altitude combat against US bombers it was mainly used for air-to-air fighter combat and ground attack, proving more than competent in both roles. The D-9 was the main variant, with 1,805 produced. This is one of three still in existence.
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IAFM - 268257 viewsSPA-Faccioli W-8 engine. This intriguing 1912 design has its two crankshafts on the outsides with the heads in the centre. The two sets of opposed four cylinders are inclined at 20 degrees to the horizontal and total 7.97 litres in displacement. 89-90hp at 1,600rpm.
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USAF - 012256 viewsNorth American P-51D Mustang.
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USAF - 011248 viewsMesserschmitt Me 262A Schwalbe.
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IAFM - 364239 viewsExterior view of the museum with the memorial to the crew of the airship 'Italia' which crashed on sea ice several hundred kilometres off the coast of Norway on 25th May 1928 after an expedition to the North Pole.
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USAF - 003236 viewsFocke-Wulf Fw-190D-9. Entering service in late 1944, the D-9 was the first Fw-190 to use a liquid-cooled V12 (Jumo 213A) in place of the original air-cooled radial engine. The longer nose required the addition of a 30cm/12in "plug" in the rear fuselage, just in front of the tail. Although intended for high altitude combat against US bombers it was mainly used for air-to-air fighter combat and ground attack, proving more than competent in both roles. The D-9 was the main variant, with 1,805 produced. This is one of three still in existence.
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IAFM - 289234 viewsLohner L. Designed by Jacob Lohner & Co of Vienna this aircraft was one of a batch of 24 constructed under licence by U.F.A.G. of Budapest and delivered to the Austro-Hungarian Imperial Navy in June 1916. A total of 93 'L' models were built prior to it being superseded by the 'K' after September 1916. Variants were built by Hansa-Brandenburg in Germany & Macchi in Italy (copied from a captured example). This particular plane undertook bombing raids against Italy up until the end of 1917, then on 3rd June 1918 it was stolen by two marines of Italian descent and flown from it's base at Lussino, Croatia and flown to Fano in Italy. Max take off weight 1,700kg. Service ceiling 4,000m. Max speed 105kph. Range 4h.
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USAF - 004233 viewsFocke-Wulf Fw-190D-9. Entering service in late 1944, the D-9 was the first Fw-190 to use a liquid-cooled V12 (Jumo 213A) in place of the original air-cooled radial engine. The longer nose required the addition of a 30cm/12in "plug" in the rear fuselage, just in front of the tail. Although intended for high altitude combat against US bombers it was mainly used for air-to-air fighter combat and ground attack, proving more than competent in both roles. The D-9 was the main variant, with 1,805 produced. This is one of three still in existence.
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USAF - 016231 viewsJunkers Ju 88D-1/Trop. The Ju 88 saw use as a normal bomber, dive bomber, intercepter, night fighter, photo reconnaissance, ground attack and unpoiloted missile. This particular aircraft was the tropical, photo reconnaissance version. It was flown to Cyprus by a defecting Romanian pilot in 1943 and is painted in Romanian colours.
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IAFM - 267229 viewsS.P.A.D. S-VII. The oldest SPAD still in existence (S.153 - built in September 1916) this aircraft was originally flown by the French ace Paul Malavialle and is finished in French "yellow period" colours. It was presented to the Italian ace (20 victories, over 12 in SPADs) Fulco Ruffo di Calabria by the the government in 1919 and carries one of his skull & crossbones insignia on the fuselage. Motor: Hispano-Suiza mod.34 180hp. Max take off weight 755kg. Service ceiling 5,600m. Max speed 196kph. Range 2h15m.
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IAFM - 288224 viewsSPA-Faccioli W-8 engine. This intriguing 1912 design has its two crankshafts on the outsides with the heads in the centre. The two sets of opposed four cylinders are inclined at 20 degrees to the horizontal and total 7.97 litres in displacement. 89-90hp at 1,600rpm.
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IAFM - 298223 viewsThe Caproni Ca.3 bomber was a more powerfully engined derivative of of the 1914 Ca.1. The Ca.3 used three 150hp Isotta Franschini V.4B engines and entered service in 1917 with 270 being constructed. This particular aircraft was flown by Lt. Casirimo Buttini on the mission that resulted in his being awarded the Gold Medal for Valour and was bought by him for 30,000 lire after the war. The IAF purchased it in 1959. Laden weight 3890kg. Max speed 136kph. Range 450km or 4 hours.
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IAFM - 316221 viewsThe Macchi M.39 took over from the earlier M.33 for the 1926 Schneider Cup races, which it won. The first of the Italian low-winged monoplaned float-plane designs it was of mostly wooden construction and used the newly developed V-12 800hp Fiat AS 2 motor. Take off weight 1,575kg. Max speed 416kph.
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Omaka - 005218 viewsJunkers Ju87 Stuka replica. Photographed in 2012.
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UHC - 436215 viewsLockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Originally developed as the single seat A-12, it first flew (accidentally during taxing trials!) in 1962. It wasn't flown operationally (by the CIA) until 1967. Fifteen A-12s were built. The Air Force ordered an intercepter version, the YF-12A and the SR-71 was derived from that and first flew in 1964, becoming operational in 1968 - replacing the A-12 after only one year of service. Its maximum speed was Mach 3.3 and its operational ceiling was 26,000m/85,000ft. This particular aircraft's last flight (March 1990) broke the cross country, LA to Washington D.C. record with a time of 1h 4m 20s at an average speed of 3,418kph/2,124mph. The last SR-71 flights were made in 1999 by NASA.
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