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 However, by 1940 the Regia Aeronautica was a small fleet of mostly outdated aircraft.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

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.

The Formidable Fiat G.55 Centauro

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.

Fiat CR.25 Overview and Specifications

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.

Savoia-Marchetti SM.75 Marsupiale

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 ...

Italian Piaggio P.108 Heavy Bomber

The Piaggio P108 was the only heavy four-engine bomber to see service with the Regia Aeronautica during World War Two. It was an innovative design.

CANSA FC.20 History and Specifications

CANSA FC.20 is an Italian reconnaissance and tactical bomber designed by Giacomo Mosso. It had limited maneuverability, unsteadiness, and low performance.