Corradino D’Ascanio (1891-1981) was interested in flight at an early age and became a mechanical engineer in 1914. He initially specialized in aircraft engine testing, a new and demanding field. In the interwar years, using his helicopter patents, he designed and built the D’AT3, a coaxial helicopter with very original helicopter controls. The D’AT3 flew for the first time in 1930 at Ciampino Airport, near Rome. On a flight monitored by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), it broke, and held for some time, helicopter class records on speed, altitude, distance and endurance. A true helicopter pioneer, D’Ascanio is also known as the “Father of the Scooter” for inventing the Piaggio Vespa and the Ape, the progenitor of the autorickshaw.