Friday, January 15, 2010
Fiat CR.32bis Fighter
Derived from earlier Fiat CR.30 designs, the CR.32 was a more streamlined and smaller biplane fighter. The prototype MM.201 first flew the 28 April 1933 from the Fiat company airstrip at Turin.
The Regia Aeronautica CR.32s fought in North and East Africa, in Albania and in the Mediterranean theatre. It also saw service in the air forces of China, Austria, Hungary, Paraguay and Venezuela. Used extensively in Spanish Civil War, it gained a reputation as one of the outstanding fighter biplanes of all time. But then it was overtaken by more advanced monoplane designs and was obsolete by 1939. From the Spanish Air Force it finally retired only in 1954.