This category provides a detailed overview and specifications of the many aircraft of the Regia Aeronautica Italiana (Royal Italian Air Force). Between the early 1900s to the late 1930s, Italy created a premier air force. The Italians were pioneers in the aviation industry. It was the first nation to utilize aircraft for reconnaissance and for bombing raids in North Africa. By the 1930s, Italy was the holder of many aviation speed records. The Regia Aeronautica performed well on various fronts, to include Italian East Africa and the Spanish Civil War. However, by 1940 the Regia Aeronautica was a small fleet of mostly outdated aircraft. Some well-respected exceptions include the Macchi MC.202 and the Savoia Marchetti SM.79 torpedo bomber. Be sure to check out the Regia Aeronautica Statistics page to get a good snapshot of the Italian Air Force performance in World War Two.
Category: Regia Aeronautica
The Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II is a single engine, low wing monoplane fighter which flew for the Italian Regia Aeronautica in World War Two in various roles.
The Breda Ba.88 Lince is a sleek Italian twin-engine, two-seat ground attack aircraft used in the beginning of World War Two. It was a monumental failure.
Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete is an Italian fighter-bomber first developed in 1940. It became operational in 1942 and was used in the defense of Sicily and Italy.
The Campini Caproni N1 jet, also known as the Campini Caproni CC2, was the first jet to come out of Italy. It was the world’s second jet plane.
The Fiat CR.32 biplane fighter performed exceptionally well during the Spanish Civil War. However, it was outmatched after Italy entered World War Two.
The Fiat G.50 Freccia was the first single-seat monoplane fighter designed and built in Italy in 1937. It was obsolete by the time World War Two started.
Many aviation experts consider the FIAT G.55 Centauro as the best single seat fighter made by the Italian air force in World War Two. Read more on Fiat G55.
The Fiat CR.25 was built in 1937. It served well in many multi-role functions such as long-range fighter, reconnaisance, light bomber, and passenger cargo.
Background on the Savoia-Marchetti SM.75 The Savoia-Marchetti SM.75 Marsupiale was a civilian airliner which the Regia Aeronautica primarily utilized for military personnel and cargo flights. Military version of the Savoia-Marchetti SM.75 ...