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Luigino Caliaro describes how the Italians sent a message into the heart of their Austro-Hungarian enemy by ‘bombing’ Vienna

WORLD WAR ONE

VIENNA RAID

A view of an SVA showing the busy upper camouflage and tail-mounted streamers.
One of the tricolour leaflets dropped over Vienna, with signatures of the raid’s participants.

Italian manufacturer Ansaldo’s SVA 5 was fast, innovative and one of the first aircraft conceived and constructed entirely in Italy. There were great hopes for it.

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