Dr. Joseph Foa Photograph Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1990.0033
Creators:
Foa, Joseph Victor, 1909-
Dates:
1935-1938
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.1 Cubic feet
(2 folders)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection includes photographs of Dr. Foa and the aircraft he worked on between 1935 and 1938. All photos were copied from a personal photo album which Dr. Foa loaned to NASM in 1990. Photographs of the Piaggio P.23R show both the initial design (1935) and the second design (September 1938). One photo shows the Piaggio P.32-II in March 1937. A group of photos taken in July 1937 show the Reggiane Ca 405 Procellaria; these two aircraft were built for an Istres-Damascus-Paris race held in August 1937, but were not finished in time to enter.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Dr. Joseph Victor Foa was born July 10, 1909 in Torino, Italy. He received a degree of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Torino in 1931, and graduated as Doctor of Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Rome in 1933. Between 1935 and 1937, Foa was Chief Engineer at the Studio Caproni Reggio Emilia in Italy where he worked on the design of the Piaggio P.32-II (a.k.a. Reggiane P.32bis) and its adaptation for transport use. From 1937 to 1939, Foa was a Project Engineer at Cantieri Aeronautici Piaggio Finale Ligure Marina (Italy) where he designed the Piaggio P.23R and the Reggiane Ca 405 Procellaria. After immigrating to the United States in 1939, Foa worked as a research engineer for the Bellanca Aircraft Corp. and later the Curtiss Wright Corp. followed by the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (both in Buffalo, New York). From 1952 to 1970 Foa was a Professor at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY); Foa was Chairman of their Dept. of Aeronautical Engineering and Astronautics from 1956 to 1967. From 1970 to 1980 Foa was Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University (Washington, DC), since 1980 he has been Professor Emeritus.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Dr. Joseph Foa, unknown, unknown, 1990-003, unknown

General
General
NASMrev

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Piaggio P.23R Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piaggio P.32-II (P.32bis) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics -- Italy Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplanes -- Design and construction Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airplane racing Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Foa, Joseph Victor, 1909- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piaggio (Industrie Aeronautiche e Meccaniche Rinaldo Piaggio SpA) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reggiane (Officine Meccaniche Reggiane, SA, Caproni) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
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