Macchi C.202 Folgore at Vigna di Valle - Italian Air Force Museum

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One of the very few surviving examples of the famous Macchi C.202 "Folgore" (Lightning), Italian WWII main fighter (a C.200 powered with license-built DB.601), is preserved at the Italian Air Force Museum of Vigna di Valle, near Rome. Another example is at the Smithsonian Museum of Washington D.C..

The Italian plane was flown to the Allied occupied areas of the southern Italy after September 1943 Armistice, and probably operated with the Co-Belligerent Italian Air Force over the Balkans. After the war, in a whole Aluminium paint scheme, operated as a trainer, until the end of the '40s.

This example is now shown in a restored hangar, and wears the insignia of the best Italian fighter wing, the 4th Stormo, during the African campaign, entitled to the WWII greatest ace, Francesco Baracca (see the scritpt "4 Baracca" on the nose). The color scheme (recently repainted) is of the late tropical type: Dark Green (Verde Oliva Scuro) with Tan (Nocciola Chiaro) splotches on the upper surfaces, and Light Blue Gray on the undersurfaces. The white spinner, fuselage strip and wingtips are the typical Mediterranean theatre insignia of the Regia Aeronautica (WWII Royal Italian Air Force).

The landing gear bays interiors, are from the Macchi C.205 "Veltro" (Greyhound), which has exactly the same airframe, but with an Alfa Romeo license-built DB.605 engine.


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