After serving briefly with 2a Squadriglia Parasol, Cesare Magistrini was posted to 78a Squadriglia in August 1916. During 1917, he was promoted to sargente and was awarded his first Silver Medal after he was badly wounded in a dogfight over the Podgora. In November he was reassigned to 91a Squadriglia and in December he received a second Silver Medal for 20 combats in the air and downing 4 enemy aircraft. When the war ended, Magistrini worked as a commercial pilot for Transadriatica, SAM, and Ala Littoria airlines. He received a knighthood in the Order of the Italian Crown and during World War II, Magistrini served with the Servizi Aerei Speciali. After World War II, he was pilot to the King of Yemen before being employed by SAIDE Egyptian Airlines. During his life he completed 22,000 hours of flying, having flown more than two million kilometers.