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The Societa Anonima Nieuport-Macchi had its factory in Varese, Italy. Varese, a small provincial town near the Swiss border, has been a centre for the Italian aeronautical industry since 1912, when the firm of Nieuport-Macchi was founded by Giulio Macchi.
The Parasol was the first original plane designed by Macchi in 1913, but still heavily influenced by the Nieuport monoplane built in licence. 2 squadrons of it were used operationally and which was not withdrawn until October 1915.
Evidently there were problems with the stability as some of the production planes were fitted with a 'stabiliser' vertical on the parasol wing. A construction also tried years earlier by Bleriot.
In the beginning of the war, Macchi started with building a copy of a Austro-hungarian Lohner flying boat (the Macchi L1), later developing it in the long M-series flying boats till 1920/30.