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Macchi C.202 Folgore Italian Fighter

U.S. War Department WWII Recognition Guide for the Italian Macchi C.202 Folgore (“Thunderbolt”) fighter. The Folgore fighter aircraft was designed by Mario Castoldi and manufactured by Macchi Aeronautica. The Folgore served with the Italian Regia Aeronautica throughout WWII on all fronts. (The Folgore is also referred to as the MC.202.)

Macchi C.202 Folgore Italian Fighter WW2

Macchi MC C.202 Folgore Fighter Italy WWII


SPAN: 34 ft. 8 in.
LENGTH: 29 ft. 1 in.
MAX. SPEED: 360 m.p.h. at 20,000 ft.
SERVICE CEILING: 36,000 ft. (max.)

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: Single in-line engine, low-wing monoplane. Wings have dihedral from roots with equal taper and rounded tips. Long nose and spinner. Small cockpit canopy. Torpedo-shaped fuselage. Tapered fin and rudder. Elliptical tail plane.

INTEREST: A number of these planes have been used in combat over Egypt, Libya, and Malta. To date, they have had only a little better success than the MC 200, an earlier version of this plane which has a radial engine. Apparently they are not as fast as they should be, nor are they adequately armed, although they are capable, in some instances, of keeping pace with Allied medium and light bombers. Unlike the MC-200, the cockpit cover of this plane is not transparent all around, and with its lengthened nose, it is questionable whether the pilots of the MC-202 have sufficient visibility.


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