This Day in Aviation History
December 9th, 1951
First flight of the Fiat G.80.
The Fiat G.80 was a military trainer developed in Italy in the 1950s, and was that country’s first true jet-powered aircraft. It was a conventional low-wing monoplane with retractable tricycle undercarriage and engine intakes on the fuselage sides. The pilot and instructor sat in tandem under a long bubble canopy….
Wikipedia, Fiat G.80: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_G.80
YouTube, Aviazione Militare Italiana: Il primo aereo italiano a reazione (1951): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMnHw9-yGh4
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