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Dr. Joseph Foa Photograph Collection

Creator:
Foa, Joseph Victor, 1909-  Search this
Names:
Piaggio (Industrie Aeronautiche e Meccaniche Rinaldo Piaggio SpA)  Search this
Reggiane (Officine Meccaniche Reggiane, SA, Caproni)  Search this
Foa, Joseph Victor, 1909-  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Cubic feet ((2 folders))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1935-1938
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes photographs of Dr. Foa and the aircraft he worked on between 1935 and 1938. All photos were copied from a personal photo album which Dr. Foa loaned to NASM in 1990. Photographs of the Piaggio P.23R show both the initial design (1935) and the second design (September 1938). One photo shows the Piaggio P.32-II in March 1937. A group of photos taken in July 1937 show the Reggiane Ca 405 Procellaria; these two aircraft were built for an Istres-Damascus-Paris race held in August 1937, but were not finished in time to enter.
Biographical / Historical:
Dr. Joseph Victor Foa was born July 10, 1909 in Torino, Italy. He received a degree of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Torino in 1931, and graduated as Doctor of Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Rome in 1933. Between 1935 and 1937, Foa was Chief Engineer at the Studio Caproni Reggio Emilia in Italy where he worked on the design of the Piaggio P.32-II (a.k.a. Reggiane P.32bis) and its adaptation for transport use. From 1937 to 1939, Foa was a Project Engineer at Cantieri Aeronautici Piaggio Finale Ligure Marina (Italy) where he designed the Piaggio P.23R and the Reggiane Ca 405 Procellaria. After immigrating to the United States in 1939, Foa worked as a research engineer for the Bellanca Aircraft Corp. and later the Curtiss Wright Corp. followed by the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (both in Buffalo, New York). From 1952 to 1970 Foa was a Professor at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY); Foa was Chairman of their Dept. of Aeronautical Engineering and Astronautics from 1956 to 1967. From 1970 to 1980 Foa was Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University (Washington, DC), since 1980 he has been Professor Emeritus.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Dr. Joseph Foa, unknown, unknown, 1990-003, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Piaggio P.23R  Search this
Piaggio P.32-II (P.32bis)  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics -- Italy  Search this
Airplanes -- Design and construction  Search this
Airplane racing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.1990.0033
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1990-0033

Piaggio P.32-II (P.32bis)

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Container:
Drawer AP, Folder 500077-01
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Documents
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Research Request.
See more items in:
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Aircraft
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Aircraft / Series A: Aircraft / Piaggio (Industrie Aeronautiche e Meccaniche Rinaldo Piaggio SpA (Italy)
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-1183-a-ref43733

Dr. Joseph Foa Photograph Collection

Creator:
Foa, Joseph Victor, 1909-  Search this
Names:
Piaggio (Industrie Aeronautiche e Meccaniche Rinaldo Piaggio SpA)  Search this
Reggiane (Officine Meccaniche Reggiane, SA, Caproni)  Search this
Foa, Joseph Victor, 1909-  Search this
Extent:
0.1 cubic feet ((2 folders))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
1935-1938
Scope and Contents:
This collection includes photographs of Dr. Foa and the aircraft he worked on between 1935 and 1938. All photos were copied from a personal photo album which Dr. Foa loaned to NASM in 1990. Photographs of the Piaggio P.23R show both the initial design (1935) and the second design (September 1938). One photo shows the Piaggio P.32-II in March 1937. A group of photos taken in July 1937 show the Reggiane Ca 405 Procellaria; these two aircraft were built for an Istres-Damascus-Paris race held in August 1937, but were not finished in time to enter.
Biographical / Historical:
Dr. Joseph Victor Foa was born July 10, 1909 in Torino, Italy. He received a degree of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Torino in 1931, and graduated as Doctor of Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Rome in 1933. Between 1935 and 1937, Foa was Chief Engineer at the Studio Caproni Reggio Emilia in Italy where he worked on the design of the Piaggio P.32-II (a.k.a. Reggiane P.32bis) and its adaptation for transport use. From 1937 to 1939, Foa was a Project Engineer at Cantieri Aeronautici Piaggio Finale Ligure Marina (Italy) where he designed the Piaggio P.23R and the Reggiane Ca 405 Procellaria. After immigrating to the United States in 1939, Foa worked as a research engineer for the Bellanca Aircraft Corp. and later the Curtiss Wright Corp. followed by the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (both in Buffalo, New York). From 1952 to 1970 Foa was a Professor at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY); Foa was Chairman of their Dept. of Aeronautical Engineering and Astronautics from 1956 to 1967. From 1970 to 1980 Foa was Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University (Washington, DC), since 1980 he has been Professor Emeritus.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Dr. Joseph Foa, unknown, unknown, 1990-003, unknown
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Piaggio P.23R  Search this
Piaggio P.32-II (P.32bis)  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics -- Italy  Search this
Airplanes -- Design and construction  Search this
Airplane racing  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.19990.0033
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-19990-0033

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