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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 20, 2012 Page5 MARIO PEZZI Italian Aviator-Astronautic Pioneer Mario Pezzi (1898-1968) Mario Pezzi was a young man of 40 years old, a pilot in the Italian Air Force, and soon to reach an impossible height that no man or woman had ever achieved. Mario was born on Novem- ber 8, 1898. In October, 1917 he joined the Infantry and after one year he earned the rank of second lieutenant. Nine years later in 1926, he was granted a pilots license. It only took one year for Mario to rise to the General Staff followed in 1931 by en: try into the Cabinet of the Defense Ministry. On May 7, 1937 Major Mario Pezzi climbed into his biplane and took off from Guidonia-Montecello base in Rome and rea( hed an alti- tude of 25,000 [eet (15,655m) -- How High Can an Italian Fly -- by James DiPrima in the "Caproni Ca 161 bi- plane powered by a Piaggio motor and a watertight cabin wearing a special electri- cally heated pressurized suit and an airtight helmet, that could be compared with today's modern astronauts. On the ground the Caproni airplane designers were in the process of developing a entered the competition including the Americans, British, Germans and French. In 1937, the En- glishman M. J. Adam was able to approach the altitude of 53,940 feet (16,440m) with a Bristol Type 138 airplane". Mario Pezzi rightfully can be considered an Italian pioneer in aeronautics and astronautics. In addi- tion he was respon- sible for selecting Luigi Broglio, Italian space pioneer, to be the leader in the ITAF Ammunition Research Unit. This group led the research in rockets' and mis- siles which would lead Mario Pezzi flight suit. new version of the plane, now the Cal61bis. This design consisted of an "air tight shell, the first one built in the history of flight", as an integral part of the biplane From Guidonia- Montecello base in Rome on October 22, 1938 Pezzi to future work on space exploration in Italy. As a result of Mario Pezzi's accomplishments man was introduced to the mysteries of high flying planes, space suits, space and future ven- tures into the unknown world of our universe. was able to obtain a "new world record of altitude in a propeller-driven, piston engine air- craft 56,047 feet (17,083m) a record height that still stands today. Record breaking Caproni 161bis Many countries Biplane. ACROSS 1. Landing road 6. *The __ cage protects the heart and lungs 9. Slang for heroin 13. Billy Joel's " Man" 14. International Labor Organization 15. Formed by running water 16. Imitating 17. Santa's helpe'r 18. 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