Fiat CR.42 Falco
National origin:- Italy Role:- Fighter Manufacturer:- Fiat Designed by Celestino Rosatelli First flight:- 23rd May 1938 Introduction:- 1939 Retired:- 1948 Spanish Air Force Primary users:- Regia Aeronautica, Spanish Air Force Produced between 1945:- 1,817-1,819 Developed from Fiat CR.32
The Fiat CR.42 Falco in english 'Falcon', was a single-seat sesquiplane fighter that served primarily in Italy's Regia Aeronautica before and during World War II. The aircraft was produced by Fiat Aviazione, and entered service, in smaller numbers, with the air forces of Belgium, Sweden and Hungary. With more than 1,800 built, it was the most numerous Italian aircraft in World War II. The CR.42 was the last of the Fiat biplane fighters to enter front line service, and represented the epitome of the type, along with the Gloster Gladiator.
RAF Intelligence praised its exceptional manoeuvrability, further noting that 'the plane was immensely strong', though it stood little chance against faster, more heavily armed monoplanes. It performed at its best with the Hungarian Air Force on the Eastern Front, where it had a kill to loss ratio of 12 to 1.
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