LOUIS BLERIOT - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1929 CO-SIGNED BY: COUNT GIOVANNI BATTISTA "GIANNI" CAPRONI - HFSID 145096
LOUIS BLERIOT and GIANNI CAPRONI Both aviation pioneers sign this sheet bearing the coat of arms of the Trentino, where Caproni was born Signatures: "L. Bleriot" and "Gianni Caproni" in pencil, 4x3, affixed to 4¾x3¾ card.
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LOUIS BLERIOT and GIANNI CAPRONI
Both aviation pioneers sign this sheet bearing the coat of arms of the Trentino, where Caproni was born
Signatures: "L. Bleriot" and "Gianni Caproni" in pencil, 4x3, affixed to 4¾x3¾ card. LOUIS BLERIOT (1872-1936) made the first cross-English Channel heavier-than-air flight in his No XI monoplane in July 1909. He was one of the pioneers of the standard-control layout - still used today - which he patented in 1908. In 1909 he flew the first successful monoplane. The initials of his French aircraft company became the name of a famous line of World War I fighters: SPAD. Count GIOVANNI "GIANNI" CAPRONI (1886-1957) was born in Trentino, then a part of Austria-Hungary but now an autonomous province of Italy. (The provincial coat of arms is pictured here.) Caproni designed and built his first airplane, CA-1, the first Italian-built aircraft, in 1910. It was a single-engine, twin propeller biplane. In 1911, he established the Caproni Company and Flight School. During WWI, Caproni designed a number of heavy bombers that played a major role in the allied strategic bombing campaign. The highly successful CA-33 bomber design was mass produced in England, France, the U.S. and Italy. During WWII, Caproni was in charge of all aircraft production in Italy. Collector's identification notes in ink at blank areas. Embossed, color emblem is lightly smudged. Fine condition.
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