Sword, Regia Aeronautica, Felice Figus

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This are an example of dress uniform sword issued to officers of the Regia Aeronautica during World War II.

This particular sword was issued to 2nd Lt. Felice Figus of the 53rd Stormo. He received his first pilot's license at Elmas airport in Sardinia (currently the largest airport in Sardinia). Lt. Figus was a front line fighter pilot and saw extensive service in the North African campaign, the fight for Malta, spent 6 months on the Eastern front, flew during the Sicily campaign, and in Caselle Torinese (Turin Region) in 1943. Following his service during World War II, he continued his flying career becoming an airline captain from 1947 to 1952 working for Linee Aeree Italiane (LAI). LAI was a joint venture between TWA and the newly formed Italian government in 1947. In 1952 Figus joined Alitalia and became the chief pilot with the Italian flag carrier. During his flying career, Capt. Figus amassed over 28,000 flying hours.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Donated by the Figus Family in Memory of Felice Figus

Materials

  • Steel
  • Brass
  • Wood (Handle)
  • Varnish (Surface Coating of Handle)

Dimensions

3-D: 84.8 x 9.8 x 7cm (33 3/8 x 3 7/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Country of Origin

Italy

Physical Description

A Regia Aeronautica dress sword with a chrome steel blade along with engraved crests, a gilted hilt with an eagle head and wing motif and a varnished wood handle.

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Weapon

Inventory Number

A20110393000