Folding Wings for the Royal Navy

            The Macchi M.18 ARs of the Italian Royal Navy by Gianclaudio Polidori  After the WWI experience with the Nave (Ship) Elba, the Italian Regia Marina (Royal Navy) wanted to improve the capabilities of her maritime reconnaissance service with up-to-date assets. In 1925, the railroad carriage civilian ferry ship Città di Messina was purchased and converted into a seaplane-tender ship named Giuseppe Miraglia, in honor of an Italian Navy pilot who had died in 1915. During the conversion work, the ship was damaged because, due to the water it had collected after heavy rains and the unbalancing of weights created by the ongoing work, it listed and sank in the shipyard. When the Giuseppe Miraglia was finally completed, it was equipped with two catapults, ample hangars for the aircraft and good defensive armament consisting first in four 102/35 guns, to which twelve mm 13,2 Breda Model 31 were added later. Nave Giuseppe Miraglia Twenty-five Macchi M.18 AR (Ali Ripiegabili, i.

Foxes and Hogs

    Beasts, Plants, and Mountains in the Bible by Fr. Claudio Doglio   The Fox and the Hog Since it was impossible that a prophet died outside Jerusalem, Jesus told the Pharisees to go tell Herod that He meant to continue his ministry for all the necessary time, even though the tetrarch didn’t want Him to. "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.' ” (Luke 13,32) In that phrase Jesus used an animal metaphor to depict the character of Herod Antipas negatively. In this case, the image of the fox did not call to mind shrewdness but filth. Because the fox was an unclean and impure animal that unearthed dead bodies and lived in tainted places. In our language, we instead employ the pig as the animal symbol of dirtiness, therefore Jesus’s expression should be translated as “Go tell that pig….” Linking an animal to a person means to highlight a trait of that animal th

Il massacro continua

La seguente è la seconda parte del racconto dei fatti del tragico 16 giugno 1955 a Buenos Aires; quando elementi delle forze armate tentarono di eliminare il capo di stato argentino, mediante un bombardamento della Casa Rosada, cioè la sede del ramo esecutivo del governo. (La prima parte della cronistoria è qui ,e forse sarebbe meglio che leggeste le varie parti in ordine). Ci sono alcune considerazioni da fare: mi pare molto strano che gli ufficiali dell'Aviazione Navale Argentina che pianificarono l'attacco non si rendessero conto delle limitate capacità dei loro relativamente modesti bombardieri: riuscire a colpire con precisione il presidente, senza neanche sapere esattamente dove fosse, era praticamente impossibile. Quindi, l'attacco sembra essere, almeno secondo me, un "regolamento di conti" fra le diverse forze armate ( e qui bisognerebbe approfondire la storia argentina, per capire la rivalità, per esempio, fra la Armada e l'Esercito). E questo odio