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Gianni Widmer

Gianni Widmer (April 25, 1892, Trieste, then in Austro-Hungarian Empire, October 30, 1971, Milan, Italy) (Slovenian: Ivan Vidmar, German: Johann Widmer) was an Italian civil and military aviator of Slovenian descent, a pioneer of airmail.

He was interred at the cemetery of S. Anna in Trieste.[1]

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On Septhember 24, 1911 he flew from Venice to Trieste across the Adriatic Sea in 1h 15 min.[2]

There is a monument to Gianni Widmer in San Marino on the mountain of Monte Carlo (Fiorentino commune) to commemorate his landing there on April 16, 1913. It was authored by sculptor Carlo Reffi, inscription by Pietro Franciosi. It is the second monument to an aviator (the first one being to Alberto Santos-Dumont in Paris, France). He was also awarded the San Marino Gold Medal of Civil Merit of first class for this feat.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Castello di Acquaviva (Acquaviva Commune)
  2. Flying, a magazine of the Flying Association, 1912, vol. 1, p.13

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