FIRST ITALIAN VICTIM OF AVIATION
ROME, AUG. 20, 1910
Daily Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, Tennessee:
August 20, 1910,
Via email from Bob Davis - 9-2-03
"The death of Lieutenant Vivaldi, who was killed today by a fall from his
aeroplane has caused deep and general sympathy, he being the first Italian victim of aviation. Lieutenant Vivaldi was a member of a
noble Genoese family and had the title of marquis. He was a brilliant calvary officer. He took his certificate as an aviator at
Charlons-Sur-Marne, and having purchased a Farman biplane, made his first flight with it today. He was accompanied by Lieutenant
Savoie, (Umberto Savoja?),one of the Wright pupils.
Vivaldi soon took the lead and was returning alone to Rome when the accident to his machine occurred.
It is believed that the motor stopped on account of lack of petrol and the aviator, not yet an expert at planning, lost control of the
machine. He fell from a great height and was badly crushed."