Gabriele d'Annunzio
  A Francesco De Pinedo, esempio di prodezza e di sagacitÓ in guerra e in pace.
L'orbo veggente
Gabriele d'Annunzio

To Francesco De Pinedo, example of bravery and sagacity during war and peace.
The blind visionary
Gabriele d'Annunzio
Courtesy of Giovanni Giorgetti, 4-15-07

     If you search for " Gabriele d'Annunzio +aviation", using the Google search engine, (3-3-07), you will find about 18,400 links. The one I selected below was very helpful, but has become obsolete.
     Although there is only a brief reference to the activities of d'Annunzio, this article is important to anyone wanting to understand the development of aviation in Italy. The following paragraph was extracted from the article so as to highlight the many pioneer aviators who played a part in its history. It is amply illustrated with seven photographs. I think you will want to read the whole article which details the history from 1909 to 2002.
     "The beginning of the flying activity in Ghedi was in 1909 when in the moor on the border with Montichiari was organized an airshow of international importance which saw the participation of airmen such as Wright, Calderara, Cobianchi, Cagno, Rougier, Curtiss, Moucher, Lebland, Anzani and BlÚriot, who won the "Brescia Grand Prize" flying 50 Km. in 49.24" with a biplane aircraft, while Curtiss won the height race reaching 92 metres. Among the spectators were numbered the Princess Letizia Savoy Bonaparte, Franz Kafka, who acted as foreign correspondent for a newspaper, and Gabriele d'Annunzio, who flew as passenger on Wright's airplane and that would later make of aviation one of his greatest passions (very famous remained his "Flight over Vienna")."
     Sadly, this webpage has become obsolete and has disappeared from the net as of 2-25-07. However, I was able to recover it from the "" website. You can access the archived copy, which lacks some of the photographs, by clicking on the title.

via email from Don Fiore - 9-1-03
     In addition to Ghedi, other very early but important Italian airfields included Centocelle (Rome) where Wilbur Wright gave his first Italian demonstration), Gioa De Colle, & Aviano (still used today by the United States).

     Mario Cobianchi wrote this very interesting book in the year 1943 and he died in the 1944. The book isn't for sale and in Italy there are only 11 copies in the libraries. It is the source of the information on other Italian pioneers which I have sent to you including Giuseppe Cei, Pasqua marquis Ugolino Vivaldi, Mario Calderara and Adorno Enrico Cammarota
     His book is very interesting in that there are the names of italian aviation motors from 1884 to 1913 and the names of the italian pioneers killed from 1909 to 1914.
Photo & text courtesy of Giovanni Giorgetti, 10-10-04

Il Mio Volo
Il mio volo attraverso l'Atlantico e le due Americhe
Con un proemio di Gabriele D'Annunzio.
Francesco de Pinedo
Product Details
Hard: 279 pages
Publisher: Ulrico - Hoepli - Editore - Milano - 1928
  359/76. (De Pinedo) DE PINEDO Francesco - Il mio volo attraverso l'Atlantico e le due Americhe 8░ br. cop. ill. col. pp. 27-279 con 40 schizzi dell'A. 190 documenti fotografici in 130 tavole f.t. + 5 cart. a col. ripiegate Euro 72,00

"359/76. (De Pinedo) DE PINEDO Francisco - my flight through the Atlantic and the two Americas 8░ br. cop. ill. col. pp. 27-279 with 40 sketches of To. 190 photographic documents in 130 tables f.t. + 5 cart. to col. refolded Euro 72,00"
from Catalogo 76: Auto, moto, cicli, aerei, treni, navi

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