Corradino D'Ascanio: portrait

Corradino D'Ascanio studied engineering at the Regio Istituto Superiore di Ingegneria (later Turin Polytechnic ) and obtained his degree as an industrial engineer in 1914. The same year he joined Arma del Genio as a volunteer.
In 1916 he started working in the technical office of the building society Pomilio. With the company he travelled to the United States where he worked for a year. When he came back to Italy he realized many technical projects for a company in Popoli some of which were patented.
In 1925 he founded a company with the Baron Pietro Trojani with whom he realised an helicopter. He designed a prototype D'AT3 for Ministero dell'Aeronautica, which won in October 1930 the world records of flight distance in straight line, of altitude and of flight duration.
In 1932 Corradino D'Ascanio joined the company Piaggio and designed Vespa (so named for its aerodynamic and nimble structure), his most popular creation. This was shown for the first time at the "salone del ciclo e del motociclo" in Milan in 1949, becoming the most popular worldwide scooter for the following 50 years (16 millions pieces in 130 different models until 2005).