When Italian national carrier Alitalia entered the jet age, it adopted a new system of pilot training to match, with the delightful Aermacchi MB326 in a central role


Alitalia’s first Aermacchi MB326D, the ill-fated I-ADIA, over the Alps during a pre-delivery test flight.

When Alitalia was created in 1947, most of its pilots were veterans of bomber and transport units in the Regia Aeronautica and Aeronautica Militare. Many had also flown pre-war with Ala Littoria, the Italian national airline established in 1934 by the fascist government.

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