|Alenia Aermacchi is a leading company in the design and production of trainers for military pilots. Alenia Aermacchi is able to offer a wide range of products that meet the requirements of all training phases: primary, basic and lead-in fighter.
Soon after World War II had ended it was decided to start peacetime production with a three-wheeler truck. This was an unorthodox but very good design. Then, anticipating the motor cycle boom and intending to have a stake in it, the Aermacchi chief’s looked for a good designer who could produce an attractive lightweight. Their choice was Lino Tonti, who had been at Benelli and had worked on aircraft engines during the war. Tonti designed a 50 cc motorbike that broke the land speed record for the displacement.
The bikes produced by Aermacchi were quite successful in the postwar Italian market, also thanks to their repeated placements on the race tracks. The firm designed and produced models incorporating the Italian word "Ala" (wing) in its names, such as "Ala Verde", "Ala Blu" and "Ala d'Oro" (respectively "green wing", "blue wing" and "golden wing").
In the 1960s, 50% of Aermacchi stock was acquired by Harley-Davidson to produce in its assembly plant at Schiranna (near Varese) several models of small bikes (with engine displacement between 125cc and 350cc) for the American and the European market, in an attempt to take back market sectors that were the time were increasingly being taken by Japanese manufacturers such as Honda and Yamaha. Aermacchi went on to have success in the Grand Prix motorbike racing world with rider Renzo Pasolini finishing 2nd in the 1972 250 cc Roadracing World Championship. After 1974, when the American manufacturer acquired complete control of the Italian company, Aermacchi bikes re-badged as Harley-Davidsons won the 250 cc Roadracing World Championship three years in a row in 1974, 1975 and 1976. They also won the 350 cc World Championship in 1976. Upon the acquisition of Harley-Davidson by AMF in 1978, the Italian operations of the firm were sold to the Castiglioni brothers, founders of the Cagiva motorbike company, which continued to produce bikes branded "HD Cagiva" until 1980.