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For the past forty years, Alenia Aermacchi North America has established a renowned presence in the North American aerospace industry. A subsidiary of Alenia Aermacchi and part of the Finmeccanica Group, Alenia Aermacchi North America's mission is to be the partner of choice in the North American aerospace market.
Focused on managing Alenia’s industrial assets and introducing new products in the U.S. and Canada, Alenia Aermacchi North America is dedicated to the further expansion of the industrial and commercial presence of the Alenia Group in North America.
As of 2011, Alenia Aermacchi North America has established five locations throughout the United States, including its headquarters in Washington, D.C., offices in Seattle, WA; Warner Robins, GA; and Fort Worth, TX. Alenia also maintains a Canadian office.
Alenia Aermacchi North America’s products and programs include the U.S. Air Force’s C-27J, a fixed wing, multipurpose military cargo aircraft; the G222, an aircraft being refurbished and modernized for the U.S. Air Force for use by the Afghanistan Air Force; and the T-100 Integrated Training System, currently being marketed to the U.S. Air Force as a replacement for their aging T-38 advanced jet trainers.
Alenia Aeronautica was created in 1990 by merging the Finmeccanica aerospace and defense industries, Aeritalia and Selenia. Alenia's rich heritage includes over 12,000 aircraft designed, built and maintained by its predecessor companies, the more well-known of which include Aeritalia, Fiat and Romeo. Airplane manufacturing around Turin Italy began in 1910 with SIT and continued with Pomilio and Ansaldo, which built the SVA reconnaissance biplane. The industry was consolidated by Fiat after World War I. Under chief designers Celestino Rosatelli and Giuseppe Gabrielli, Fiat built some of the most iconic Italian designs including the CR.32 and CR.42 biplanes, the G.55 fighter and the G.91 family of light attack and trainer jets.
The Naples, Italy plants trace their history to Nicola Romeo. Widely remembered for his role in Alfa sports car business, Romeo founded an airplane manufacturer in Naples in 1917. The company was later absorbed by Breda. Its Ro.41 biplane was the standard Italian advanced trainer throughout World War II. After the war, Breda came under Finmeccanica as Aerfer and built the Sagitario II, the first Italian supersonic aircraft, designed by Sergio Stefanutti. In 1966, Aerfer entered the aerostructures business, producing DC-9 fuselage panels. Aerfer and Fiat merged their aircraft businesses in 1969 to create Aeritalia. This merger led to milestone programs such as the European attack aircraft Tornado, the ATR family and the AMX. Aeritalia was also a partner in the Boeing 767 since its inception and played a key role in the creation of the Italian space industry.
With the consolidation and name change in 1990 to Alenia, activities expanded rapidly and the company took on significant responsibilities in the Eurofighter and other advanced aircraft programs. In 2012, Alenia announced that it was changing its name to Alenia Aermacchi, following a merger with the Italian company with a 98-year history. Alenia Aermacchi has designed, built, and maintained over 12,000 aircraft and began operations a mere decade after the Wright brothers’ first flight. In Italy, the name Aermacchi is associated with the great aviation pioneers, cutting edge aircraft design, and the history of flight.