SB-02 Macchi M.C. 72, World Speed Record 1933
The Macchi M.C. 72 was an experimental seaplane designed and built by the Italian aircraft company Macchi Aeronautica. It held the world speed record for all aircraft for five years. In 1933 and 1934, it set a world speed record for internal combustion-powered seaplanes which still stands.
The M.C. 72 was built in 1931 with the idea of competing for what turned out to be the final Schneider Trophy race, but due to engine problems, the M.C. 72 was unable to compete. Instead of halting development, Macchi continued work on the M.C. 72. Benito Mussolini personally took an interest in seeing development of the M.C. 72 continue and directed state funds to the company.