The FIAT CR.42 at Italian Air Force Museum at Vigna di Valle (Rome)

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The restoration of the CR.42 fills a gap perceived since the inauguration of the Museum in 1977. It- has been carried out by the AREA Association of Venegono (Varese) starting from some parts found in Sweden, at the Flygvapenmuseum of Linköping and integrated from parts originating from Italy and other countries (United States, England, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Spain, South Africa, Germany, Austria).

The final result is a plane original for 2/3ds and faithful in the minimums details, also thanks to the project designs preserved in the Alenia Aeronautica archives, heritage of the traditions of the FIAT aeronautical industry. Many parts have been supplied from the GAVS, the association of voluntary service which promoted the search of the parts left in Sweden. Historical Museum of the Aeronautica Militare did the restoration of the CR.42 in collaboration with “The Fighter Collection”, the greater European collection of airplane of the second world war in flying conditions. The Collection works on the English airport of Duxford and it’s scheduled to make flyable in the next few years another example of the CR.42.

The fighter was designed by Celestino Rosatelli and produced from 1938 to 1944 in approximately 1.700 examples, comprising 180 for the export in Belgium, Sweden, Hungary and Germany. The CR.42 served on all the Italian fronts of war, except Russia. The last ones were quickly withdrawn from service in the early ‘50es and completely scrapped.

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