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 However, by 1940 the Regia Aeronautica was a small fleet of mostly outdated aircraft.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 how Italian WWII aircraft fared in the war.