The Italian Air Force Museum of Vigna di Valle
and its Engine Collection

Photos and Translations by Giorgio Caramanna

The Italian Air Force Museum of Vinga di Valle is located along the shores of Lake Bracciano, approximately twenty miles north of Rome.

The museum is in the grounds of the old seaplane station of Vigna di Valle, and is the oldest in Italy, where in 1904 the first experimental aviation field was established. The station was active until the early 1960s and many of the original buildings and hangars are still preserved. Today, it contains the largest collection of historical aircraft in Italy. In four separate hangars of about 13,000 m2, there is an impressive collection of aircraft, engines and historical artefacts. Starting from the first aircraft of the early 1900s, visitors can follow the evolution of the Italian Air Force during the two world wars up to the present age.

The Italian Air Force manages the museum. It is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the summer and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the winter. Admission is free.

The following pictures and technical data about the museum’s collection of engines were prepared by the author and are mostly based on the English translation of the information labels that accompany the engines in the museum and which illustrate characteristics of the engines.

Every effort has been taken to provide correct information; please excuse any mistakes or omissions in the text.