Aircraft Photo of MM5701 | Fiat CR-42 Falco | Italy - Air Force | #46228
Registration / Serial:MM5701
Other Marks:13-95
Aircraft Original Type:Fiat CR-42 Falco
Aircraft Generic Type:Fiat CR-42 Falco
Aircraft Version:Fiat CR-42 Falco
C/n (msn):326
Operator / Titles:Italy - Air Force
City / Airport:Hendon (closed)Map
Region / Country:England, United Kingdom
Airport Codes:None
Collection:RAF Museum Hendon / London
Photo Date:28 December 2012
Photo by:Alastair T. Gardiner
Photo ID: 46228
Photo Comment

The Falco was quite possibly the most capable biplane fighter ever produced: the problem was that it was up against Spitfires and Hurricanes, rather than other biplane types. National pride and Mussolini's bluster led a force being sent to take part in the Battle of Britain. On 11th Nov. 1940 this Falco suffered a broken oil pipe and was forced to land on a beach in Suffolk. She was repaired, evaluated by the RAF as BT474, then allocated RAF maintenance serial 8468M and placed into storage before ending up on display at the RAF Museum during 1978.

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