Francesco Agello

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Francesco Agello
Macchi MC72, 2.jpg
Francesco Agello poses with his Macchi M.C.72
Born (1902-12-27) December 27, 1902 (age 113)
Casalpusterlengo, Lombardy, Italy
Died November 24, 1942(1942-11-24) (aged 39)
Milan, Italy
Allegiance Italy
Awards De la Vaulx Medal (twice)

Francesco Agello (27 December 1902 – 24 November 1942) was an Italian test pilot.

Biography and flight achievements[edit]

Born at Casalpusterlengo, Lombardy, Italy, Agello graduated from pilot school in 1924 and soon became a test pilot. He was the fourth of four test pilots who tried to set a speed record with the Macchi M.C.72. However, one after the other, the test pilots ahead of Agello died (first Monti and then Bellini flying the M.C. 72, Neri died flying a CR-20 in 1933). Agello became famous when he succeeded in piloting the plane to a new speed record (over water) on 10 April 1933. He attained an average speed of 683 km/h (424 mph). More than a year later he flew the M.C. 72 to a new speed record of more than 700 km/h (709 km/h or 440 mph) on 23 October 1934. Both records, while obtained in a seaplane, also were absolute flight airspeed record. No one has ever flown a piston-engine seaplane faster since that date.

Awards[edit]

Agello was awarded the De la Vaulx Medal twice for his speed records, once in 1933 and again in 1934.

Later career[edit]

In 1935 Agello joined the Italian government's airplane test center.

Death[edit]

Agello died during World War II testing the new Macchi C.202 fighter at Bresso, near Milan, when his aircraft collided with another C.202 piloted by World War I flying ace and fellow test pilot Guido Masiero in heavy fog on 24 November 1942. Masiero also was killed.[1]

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