We have finished next editorial for Prague-based magazine Esprit. This time with the theme of traveling.
In the editorial published this week you will see, among others, wonderful Savoia-Marchetti S.55 airplane as well. Famous Italian flying boat was extremely successful aircraft during the 1930s. Shortly after its introduction in 1924 began setting records for speed, payload, altitude and range.
Most famous pilot of the airplane was the Italian air marshal Italo Balbo (1896 – 1940), controversial figure of the Italian history and great pilot as well. Hi most famous piece was one of his Atlantic crossings, when in 1933 flew with 24 aircraft to Chicago's Century of Progress International Exposition. On 1 July 1933, General Balbo commanded a flight of S.55s from Orbetello, Italy, completing the flight in just over 48 hours, in a tight "V" formation. From this time this kind of flying formation is called Balbo.
S.55 is a great example of the inter-war aircraft design. Robust, yet elegant, the aircraft is the legend of the Italian sea planes history.