This photograph shows pilots from the first naval squadron standing in front of their aeroplane. The pilots were engaged to support the operational needs of the navy in the water. Naval action started in Italy in 1913, although at the beginning of the war Italy only had about 150 aircraft and 91 pilots. The Italian Air Force was far inferior to that of its enemies. But by 1916, there were 1,225 aircraft.
Il Mondo was a weekly publication in Rome between 1949 and 1966 focusing on politics and culture.
- Article by:
- Bernard Wilkin
- The war machine
From Zeppelin airships to propaganda leaflet drops, Bernard Wilkin explores the significant role of aerial warfare in World War One – where it was used on a large scale for the first time.