The Aeronautica Macchi company was founded by Giulio Macchi, assisted by Nieuport, in 1912, building seaplanes which gained fame at the Schneider trophy races of the 1920s and 1930s.
During WWII, Aeronautica Macchi built military aircraft for Mussolini's air force, but the Macchi plant was totally destroyed by allied bombing towards the end of the war. As with many Italian aviation companies that were involved in military production during the war, Aeronautica Macchi, as well as fellow Varese aircraft builder MV Agusta rebuilt their factories to
produce motorcycles and civilian light aircraft.
Aermacchi continues to produce fixed wing aircraft under the name Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A., and to this day the company remains a leader (under Finmeccanica Group) within the Italian aviation industry for the production
of military jet trainers and light close support aircraft.
Frecce Tricolori Take off
The Italian Display team Frecce Tricolori is taking off at RAF Fairford. They are flying with Aermac...
Some planes spotted at the defence days 2006 in Belgium.
Aermacchi SF260 - SIAI Marchetti SF-260 (44) at Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium 2007.
Belgium little aeroplane
This little brightly painted aeroplane, ST-21 on its tail, is clearly from Belgium. However, more de...