I-ENEA (1) Fiat G.18/V
In the same category as the DC-2, and looking very much
like one, was the Fiat G.18 which first
flew in 1935.
Clearly designer Guiseppe Gabrielli had been influenced by the Douglas
Avio Linee Italiane was founded in 1926
with services from Milan to Munich. It was the only
airline not to be
folded into Ali Littoria when that national carrier was formed.
suspended, of course,
during WW II, although in 1947 it was resurrected and began with
Italy. In 1949 it absorbed SISA -
Società Italiana Servizi Aerei, Transadriatica (both
post-war airlines using
names of predecessors of Ala Littoria) and Airone and adopted the name
Ruinite. A fairly extensive network of European and domestic
routes was developed.
In fact, it probably
over-expanded since, by 1952 it was bankrupt and ceased all operations.
The image above, from the Kenneth Tilley
collection, illustrates a G.18/V which had more powerful
engines. Only 8 G.18s in total were built.