AERONAUTICS: 3 Records, 3 Months

Every nation wants for itself the glory of making and breaking records. Italy is no exception. Vexed because major aeronautical records were scarce in Italy, because the Schneider Cup race had been lost to England, Dictator Mussolini last winter ordered civil aviators to concentrate on the problem of record-gathering. Obligingly, three faithful Fascists chalked up three new records in a little more than three months.

Major Mario de Bernardi, hero of the 1926 Schneider Cup race, when Italy wrested the trophy from the U. S., was the first to obey Mussolini's command. Already the holder of the seaplane speed record, he went...

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