Thanks to these aircrafts Italy entered into the jet era. The De Havilland DH.100 Vampire was in fact the second jet engine fighter to be used in service in Great Britain and at the same time the first single-engine jet plane of the type mass-produced in the UK. It was so internationally successfully that also Italy built it under licence and its use marked the Italian post-war rebirth from 1948 to 1950 of both the national industry and the A.M.I., for whom the aircraft was the first jet engine fighter. Rich in photos and illustrations: 60 colour and 159 black and white (including three-views and profiles), profiles and drawings.
Maurizio Di Terlizzi was born in 1968 in Rome. He has always been keen of flying and Aviation and holds the rank of Warrant Officer of Italian CustomPolice, as an helicopter instructor crew chief at the Flight Line of theTraining, Studies and Aerial Standardization at Pratica di Mare AB (Rome). A painstaking modeller, he still takes part at International Competitions both as a competitor than as a judge. He won in three occasions the Gold Medal in the Championship of Paris and Telford.