Ansaldo A1 Balilla
Single-seat Single-engine fighter aircraft
This sleek Italian design was presented at the Evere airshow in June 1921 where it obtained the show's altitude record (7.900 meters) as well as the speed record with 235 km/h. Pilot for these flights was the wel-know Italian aviator Lovadina. Impressed by these performances the Belgian Government decided to acquire two copies of the Ansaldo A1 Ballila for evaluation purposes in the search for a new fighter aircraft, which ultimately would lead to the order for the Nieuport-Delage NiD.29 C.1. Two Fiat build machines were delivered in 1921, receiving the serials "1" and "2". After the unsuccessful evaluation tests N° 2 was retired before 1923 while N° 1 was withdrawn from use on 16 February 1924.