Regia Aeronautica

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 However, by 1940 the Regia Aeronautica was a small fleet of mostly outdated aircraft.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.

Macchi C.202 Folgore History and Specifications

The Macchi C.202 Folgore is regarded as the most successful Italian fighter aircraft of World War Two. About 1,150 aircraft were built between 1941-1943.

Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero Bomber

The Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero was a tri-engine bomber for the Italian Regia Aeronautica during World War Two. Approximately 1,300 units were built.

Savoia Marchetti SM.82 Bomber Transport Aircraft

The Savoia Marchetti SM.82 Canguro was a three engine Italian bomber and transport plane utilized in World War Two. It served extensively on African fronts.

Breda Ba.64 Ground Attack Aircraft

The Breda Ba.64 was an Italian ground attack aircraft first put into service in 1937. By 1939, Regia Aeronautica began replacing them with the Breda Ba.65.

Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II Italian Fighter

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.

Breda Ba.88 Lince: An Aerodynamic Failure

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

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.

Caproni Campini N.1: World’s Second Jet Aircraft

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.

Fiat CR.32 Biplane Fighter

The Fiat CR.32 biplane fighter performed exceptionally well during the Spanish Civil War. However, it was outmatched after Italy entered World War Two.

Fiat G.50 Freccia Italian Fighter

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.

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