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A line-up of 4-th Stormo's 9-th Gruppo

A line-up of 4-th Stormo's 9-th Gruppo, the first unit to completely re-equip with the new fighter, ready to be reviewed by Mussolini at Ciampino Rome, 25 September 1941. Five days later this unit took the C.202 into action for the first time over Comiso, Sicily. The early date of the photo is confirmed by the yellow nose, three color camouflage and non-filtered supercharger intakes.

C.202 96-6, now sporting a white spinner and nose

C.202 96-6, now sporting a white spinner and nose, shows gloss gray paint over repairs at the wingroot and on the fuselage, resulting from damage acquired in the air over Malta. Note the stub radio mast, characteristic of early Folgores.

C.202 at airfield of Lugansk (Voroshilovgrad)

The shield of 21-th Gruppo, as painted on the tall of a Folgore at Voroshilovgrad (USSR).
The pilot and ground crew of this Folgore of 382-th Squadriglia, 21-th Grupppo in Russia, showing the yellow nose and fuselage band that marked Axis aircraft on the Eastern Front. Behind are two SM.81 transports.

Two C.200s and a C.202 in the snow during the Italian retreat

Two C.200s and a C.202 in the snow during the Italian retreat. The white triangle on the wing leading edge was another recognition mark.

A rather cold-looking pilot stands beside his Folgore

A rather cold-looking pilot stands beside his Folgore, 356-1. In spite of snow, they retained their desert sand and green camouflage. Note the Squadriglia number on the canvas draped over the engine, perhaps to prevent unauthorized 'borrowing'.

A C.202 of 74-th Squadriglia, 3-th Stormo at Castelvetrano

A C.202 of 74-th Squadriglia, 3-th Stormo at Castelvetrano for the purpose of escorting Italian transports to Tunisia. This aircraft is unusual in that it retains the 4-th Stormo 'signature' on its nose, indicating that this is one of the aircraft that transferred from that unit.

The sole Macchi C.202D, M.M.7768, as fitted with a chin radiator.

The sole Macchi C.202D, M.M.7768, as fitted with a chin radiator.

The C.205V (Veltro-Greyhound) prototype

The C.205V (Veltro-Greyhound) prototype, showing the twin cylindrical oil coolers, blunter spinner and retracting tailwheel, at the Guidonia Test Center.

A Serie I Veltro, M.M.9338, with late-style C.202 armament

A Serie I Veltro, M.M.9338, with late-style C.202 armament, two cowl-mounted 12.7mms and two wing 7.7s. The name on the tail was to remind the reluctant pilots of the 'official' nickname.

The first C.205N Orione (Orion) prototype, M.M.499

The first C.205N Orione (Orion) prototype, M.M.499. The armament was a single 20mm cannon firing through the propeller hub and four 12.7mm MGs, two in the cowl and two above the wing roots.

The second C.205N Orione prototype

The second Orione prototype replaced the MGs with a pair of wing-mounted cannon


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