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Historic aircraft: precious collaboration between Italian AMI and the "Il Magnete" association

The engines of the aircraft of the large aviation companies of the 1930s will return to turn

The historic Isotta Fraschini Asso 750 engines will be restored (it powered the S.55X of Balbo's Decennial Cruise) and the AS6 mounted on the M72 (Agello's record speed)

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Italian Air Force, the Armed Force and the Cultural Association in Ancient Mechanics "Il Magnete", have started a collaboration to restart the historic Isotta Fraschini Asso 750 and Fiat AS.6 engines, protagonists over the years Thirty of the large aviation companies of the Air Force. The participation, the result of a memorandum of understanding between the parties, will allow the important aeronautical historical heritage to be brought back into efficiency, thus allowing the roar of the engines of Italo Balbo's 1933 Atlantic cruise and world speed record to echo by Francesco Agello of 1934.

"In 2023 the Armed Force will celebrate its first hundred years of life with a wide range of initiatives of great public and cultural impact, with which we intend to remember the combination of technology and professionalism that have always been the basis of the Italian Air Force. In this framework, the aircraft engines are a fundamental piece in the history of the evolution of the aircraft. The Asso 750 was equipped with the S.55X seaplanes of the Decennial Cruise wanted and guided by Italo Balbo, and the AS6 was instead mounted on the hydrocorsa M72, which piloted by Marshal Francesco Agello exceeded 709 km per hour, a record still unbeaten. They are two timeless icons of Italian ingenuity and technology in the adventurous and pioneering times of flight and present them to the public, perfectly restored in all their original beauty. , contributes to understanding the growth and evolution of the world of flight and the challenges faced and overcome by our predecessors", commented the the Air Squad General Alberto Rosso, Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

The engines, which belong to the collection of the Military Air Force Historical Museum of Vigna di Valle (near Rome), will be transferred for restoration to the headquarters of "Il Magnete" in Subbiano (Arezzo). The works will make it possible to enhance the historical-technical skills of "Il Magnete" in strict compliance with the provisions of the Superintendency of Cultural Heritage. The association has started the search for technical documentation and will carry out all the equipment and specific processes necessary for the success of the ambitious and demanding project.

"It is the first time that a Superintendency has authorized a functional restoration of an aeronautical cultural asset", underlines Leonardo Sordi, founder and president of "Il Magnete". "In particular, we are proud to be the first organization admitted to do such an important job". The association, which boasts 30 years of experience in ancient mechanics and historic motorsport, from ignition magnets (including aeronautical ones) to the reconstruction of important engines and their accessories, has been collaborating with the Historical Museum for over 20 years, during which the president Sordi carried out the functional restoration of the Wright engine of 1908 and of the SPA 6A of 1917, supporting the demonstrations for educational and cultural purposes in various Italian locations.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency