R.Aeronautica: Fiat CR 42

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The last of the great biplane fighters to enter service in 1938, the Fiat CR.42 “Falco” (Falcon) became the single most-produced Italian fighter. Agile, light, and regarded by Regia Aeronautica pilots as a wonderful aircraft to fly, the Falco was ironically too little, too late. Designed for combat aeronautics rapidly becoming surpassed by low-slung monoplane fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and even the Fiat G.50 Freccia, the CR.42 was still produced through 1943.

The last of the great biplane fighters to enter service in 1938, the Fiat CR.42 “Falco” (Falcon) became the single most-produced Italian fighter. Agile, light, and regarded by Regia Aeronautica pilots as a wonderful aircraft to fly, the Falco was ironically too little, too late. Designed for combat aeronautics rapidly becoming surpassed by low-slung monoplane fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and even the Fiat G.50 Freccia, the CR.42 was still produced through 1943.

Fiat CR42 downing a Gloster Gladiator

Fiat CR42 downing a Gloster Gladiator

FIAT CR 42 abbattuto.

FIAT CR 42 abbattuto.

Fiat CR 42

Fiat CR 42

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FIAT CR.42 bis

FIAT CR.42 bis

Fiat CR 42Bis

Fiat CR 42Bis

Fiat CR.42 (serial number MM4326) from the 95th Squadron of the 18th group as of winter 1940-1941.

Fiat CR.42 (serial number MM4326) from the 95th Squadron of the 18th group as of winter 1940-1941.

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