Guido Carestiato 1911-1980
He joined Aeronautica Macchi as test pilot on 18 April 1939 and served until late 1971, testing numerous prototypes and series aircraft. In the pre-war and war years Carestiato tested all the
aircraft built by Aeronautica Macchi, ranging from the prototype of the MC 100 trimotor seaplane airliner to the MC 201, MC 202 and MC 205 fighters. During his career he received a Silver Medal for Military Valour and one for Aeronautical Valour, plus two Bronze Medals for
Aeronautical Valour. When Aeronautica Macchi resumed aircraft production in 1947, Carestiato test-flew the prototype of the MB-308, which he then flew to victory in the first Air Tour
of Italy. In the following years he made the first flights of the MB-320 twin-engine passenger aircraft, MB-323 basic trainer and MB-326 jet trainer. Carestiato also made acceptance flights of aircraft built or overhauled by Aermacchi, including the De Havilland Vampire and
In 1961 he set the World altitude record for planes in the MB-326 category. Carestiato flew over 70 different types of aircraft during his career and was a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). He passed away in December 1980.