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G.80/G.82: The first Italian jet trainer

G.80/G.82: The first Italian jet trainer Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review September 2020 Title G.80/G.82: The first Italian jet trainer
Author Federico Anselmino Publisher Aviation Collectables
Published 2016 ISBN 9788894105049
Format 56 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $19.95


Defeat and devastation in WWII nearly ruined Italy’s industry. But with peace, its aircraft manufacturers rapidly sought to restore the nation’s design and manufacturing capabilities.

Fast-forward to 9 December 1951 – a landmark date in Italian aviation history. That’s when the first Italian jet of indigenous design first took flight. Now it’s the subject of a truly absorbing, monograph in the “Italian Aviation Series”.

G.80/G.82: The first Italian jet trainer – available in North America from Casemate – tells the intriguing tale in 56 picture-packed pages in both Italian and English.

After introductory notes, author Federico Anselmino chronologically charts G.80/G.82 design, development, and small-series deployment.

A modeling section also supplements text. And technical data, serials, acknowledgements, and selected references complete contents.

Unfortunately for Italy, the realities of post-WWII international military equipment sales ultimately intruded. And FIAT couldn’t compete with, as Anselmino notes, “the massive supply of American MSAP (Mutual Defense Aid Program)” aircraft. And the G.80/G.82 program died.

Still, FIAT’s effort forged foundations for future license-produced and Italian-designed warplanes.

Color photos, B&W shots, color profiles, and tech-manual excerpts season the study. Extended, explanatory captions accompany images. And reproductions of period Italian magazine covers even augment the account!


With thanks to Casemate Publishing for the review copy!