FIAT CR 42 Falco

The remarkable Italian FIAT CR 42 Falco, the only bi-plane able to more than hold it's own against the monoplanes of WWII.

Gladiator over Malta, by Stan Stokes (Gloster Gladiator vs Fiat CR 42 Falco)

Gladiator over Malta, by Stan Stokes (Gloster Gladiator vs Fiat CR 42 Falco)

Fiat CR.42 Falco ,73 Squadron, El Adem T3, Libya, August 1940, flown by Italian ace - major Ernesto Botto

Fiat Falco Squadron, El Adem Libya, August flown by Italian ace - major Ernesto Botto

Fiat CR.42’s flying formation, unit and location unknown, 1941 or 1942. The Fiat biplane – the name “Falco” (Hawk) was suggested by Air Ministry for propaganda’s purposes, but never adopted on the official documents – revealed itself an authentic multipurpose aircraft. In effect in the course of events the CR.42 was employed for many task: interceptor fighter, night fighter, fighter bomber, counter-insurgency, night harassing (by the Germans), glider towing, trainer, liaison (with…

Fiat CR.42’s flying formation, unit and location unknown, 1941 or 1942. The Fiat biplane – the name “Falco” (Hawk) was suggested by Air Ministry for propaganda’s purposes, but never adopted on the official documents – revealed itself an authentic multipurpose aircraft. In effect in the course of events the CR.42 was employed for many task: interceptor fighter, night fighter, fighter bomber, counter-insurgency, night harassing (by the Germans), glider towing, trainer, liaison (with…

More of the Swedish flown Fiat CR 42 this time coming out of their underground hangar.

Aeroseum Göteborg, Sweden - aircraft museum inside a massive cold war bunker - now that's cool.

“An aerobatic gem”, “a superb biplane” remarkably fast for a plane of this formula, but as a fighter under-gunned. This, very briefly, was the judgment of the Captain Eric Winkle Brown, RN, the test pilot who has flown more types of aircraft than anyone else in history included many Italians planes WW2 and not WW2, about the Italian biplane fighter Fiat CR.42.

“An aerobatic gem”, “a superb biplane” remarkably fast for a plane of this formula, but as a fighter under-gunned. This, very briefly, was the judgment of the Captain Eric

Completely outdated as fighter aircraft, after 1943 the Italian biplane Fiat CR.42 surprisingly knew a new life into the Luftwaffe. On the model of the Soviet Forces, the Luftwaffe in fact established some units (Nachtschlachtgruppen) for night harassment beyond the Allied lines and anti-partisan roles equipped with various type of airplanes some outdated, but well suitable for this type of missions

German Air Force - New life with the Luftwaffe

Details about 1/72 Fiat CR.42 Falco (RAI/AMI/RHAF/ Luftwaffe/BAF/ RAF ...

Details about 1/72 Fiat CR.42 Falco (RAI/AMI/RHAF/ Luftwaffe/BAF/ RAF ...

A Fiat CR.42 of 162nd Squadriglia, 161st Gruppo Autonomo C.T. Scarpanto, Aegean Islands, 1940

A Fiat of Squadriglia, Gruppo Autonomo C.

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