Fiat CR.42 Falco

Italian WWII biplane fighter, served with the Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) fro May 1939. Also used by the Belgian, Croatian, Hungarian, Spanish and Swedish air forces. The Swedish designation for it was the J 11. A CR.42 was claimed, although unconfirmed to have made the the last biplane fighter "kill" in history when one flown by a German pilot is believed to have shot down a P-38 in September 1944 over Croatia.
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Fiat CR-42, RAF Museum, Hendon. This aircraft (MM5701) was based in Belgium in th Autumn of 1940 as part of the Corpo Aereo Italiano, the Italian Air Force element involved in the Battle of Britain. On November 11th 1940, flown by Sergente Pietro Savadori, its engine overheated and the pilot made a forced landing on the shingle beach at Orford Ness, Suffolk. It was subsequently test flown by Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown who was impressed by its manoeuvrability noted that it was underarmed.

Fiat CR-42, RAF Museum, Hendon. This aircraft (MM5701) was based in Belgium in th Autumn of 1940 as part of the Corpo Aereo Italiano, the Italian Air Force element involved in the Battle of Britain. On November 11th 1940, flown by Sergente Pietro Savadori, its engine overheated and the pilot made a forced landing on the shingle beach at Orford Ness, Suffolk. It was subsequently test flown by Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown who was impressed by its manoeuvrability noted that it was underarmed.

Fiat CR-42, RAF Museum, Hendon. This aircraft (MM5701) was based in Belgium in th Autumn of 1940 as part of the Corpo Aereo Italiano, the Italian Air Force element involved in the Battle of Britain. On November 11th 1940, flown by Sergente Pietro Savadori, its engine overheated and the pilot made a forced landing on the shingle beach at Orford Ness, Suffolk. It was subsequently test flown by Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown who was impressed by its manoeuvrability noted that it was underarmed.

Fiat CR-42, RAF Museum, Hendon. This aircraft (MM5701) was based in Belgium in th Autumn of 1940 as part of the Corpo Aereo Italiano, the Italian Air Force element involved in the Battle of Britain. On November 11th 1940, flown by Sergente Pietro Savadori, its engine overheated and the pilot made a forced landing on the shingle beach at Orford Ness, Suffolk. It was subsequently test flown by Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown who was impressed by its manoeuvrability noted that it was underarmed.

FIAT CR42 rigged in December 2013 at Audley End (with Vintage Fabrics). Image by Geoff Jones.

FIAT CR42 rigged in December 2013 at Audley End (with Vintage Fabrics). Image by Geoff Jones.


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