Aeronautics: Donati, Caproni & Stella

Good names in Italian aviation are Donati, Caproni and Stella. Renato Donati is a War flyer who has been breaking altitude records for light planes since 1927. Caproni is one of the most important builders of Italian military aircraft. Stella is a type of engine. One day last week at Montecelio Airfield outside Rome smiling young Pilot Donati stuffed himself into a gutta percha flying suit, crammed his feet into oiled boots, strapped an oxygen mask to his face. Then he gunned the Stella engine of his Caproni biplane, shot into the...

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