Giovanni Agusta

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Count Giovanni Agusta (1879 – 1927) came from family of Sicilian origin.[1] He invented the drogue parachute and formed the Agusta company in 1923 (full name Costruzioni Aeronautiche Agusta Spa)[2] which became part of AgustaWestland. He died in 1927. His son, Count Domenico Agusta, followed in the family business, AgustaWestland.[3] The MV Agusta motorcycle manufacturer began as an offshoot of the Agusta aviation company at the end of the Second World War as a means to save the jobs of employees of the Agusta firm.

In 1907, Agusta designed and built a biplane called the Ag1, and in 1912 he volunteered for the Italian-Turkish War in Libya; in 1913 he was hired by Caproni as an inspector in charge of delivering bombers to the front.[1]

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  1. ^ a b John Pike. "Agusta". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Agusta". Helis.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140407072627/http://www.propilotmag.com/archives/2012/July%2012/A3_AgustaWestland_p1.html. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)