ANSALDO

Famed shipbuilding firm of Genoa, which was asked by Government 1916 to produce new fighter. Design of SV by Savoia and Verduzio (soon joined by Rosatelli), called SV.5 at first flight at Grosseto (March 1917), soon changed to SVA.5. Fastest fighter of its day, but inability to build in Liguria resulted in discussion with SIT, Turin, as result of which SIT became Cantieri Aeronautico Ansaldo. Built over 350 SVA, plus over 2,000 other SVAs and A.1 Balilla, and 299 A.300 recon-bombers. Plage & Laskiewicz built SVA and A.300 under licence. Merged Fiat 1925, losing identity.

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