Chapter One

In 1964, the directors of Transfield decided to back the idea of manufacturing a new agricultural airplane, to be called the Airtruk, and to build at Seven Hills a modern factory and an airfield for its production and test flying.

The idea of plunging into the yet commercially untested activity of aircraft production came to Belgiorno-Nettis and to Salteri following their meeting an Italian aircraft designer, Luigi Pellarini. Early in 1964, Transfield registered the subsidiary company Transavia Pty Ltd.



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Early 1960s. Franco and Pellarini with an Airtruk model. Early 1960s. Franco, Carlo and designer Luigi Pellarini examine a model of the Airtruk. 1964. Franco Belgiorno-Nettis discusses the Airtruk with its designer, Luigi Pellarini.