Today a gate guardian ..... but in the past it was the best .....
The successor .....
I fully endorse the indication of Ermanno Bazzocchi as one of the 100 outstanding aviation personalities.
He was not only an exceptionally talented designer, but a leader and an achiever. After a series of civilian light aircraft, which allowed the restart of the Italian aviation industry after the war disruptions, his masterpiece, the MB.326 jet trainer, saw an exceptional worldwide success thanks to its technical and operational qualities as well as to Bazzocchi's relentless tenacity and drive. He managed, almost single-handed, to promote and sell the MB.326 worldwide, as well as to have it built under licence in Australia, South Africa and Brazil. In the last two countries the MB.326 programme was the building stone for the local aviation industry, with the foundation of Atlas Aircraft Corporation in South Africa (now Denel Industries) and Embraer in Brazil, two names which today figure prominently in the world aviation industrial roster.
I am supporting the nomination of Ermanno Bazzocchi that
was one of the most succesful Italian Aircraft Designer, he was able to develop
new criteria for the aircratf trainer design, the famous Bazzocchi paper, new criteria to
study High Alpha Behaviour, the Rotary balance.
He developed in year 50 th a very innovative small
canard aeroplane for general aviation, aermachi motorcicle and small truck used even today.
I hade the honour to collaborate with him for many years.