The Survivors: Spain’s Fiat CR.32 Cricket & Her Old Foes

Introduced in Italy in 1933, the Fiat CR.32 was a compact, maneuverable biplane fighter, with a fixed undercarriage that had a good rough field capability (sometimes referred to as the Freccia or Arrow in Italian service). The aircraft was developed by aeronautical engineer Celestino Rosatelli (hence the CR designation). Despite being an obsolete, lightly armed… Read More The Survivors: Spain’s Fiat CR.32 Cricket & Her Old Foes

The Survivors: Fiat CR.42 Falco – Maneuverable But Outgunned!

The Fiat CR.42 Falco (“Falcon”) fighter aircraft was an Italian sesquiplane variant of  the biplane design, where the lower wing was not more than half the surface of the upper wing. Introduced into Italian Regia Aeronautica service in 1939, the fighter was already obsolete in the World War Two era of modern, faster monoplane aircraft such as the French Dewoitine… Read More The Survivors: Fiat CR.42 Falco – Maneuverable But Outgunned!

A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part IV: The Joint Strike Fighter

In my previous blogs I discussed the early experimental, prototype and operational V/STOL combat jet aircraft such as the Harrier and Harrier II that were developed in the late 1950’s through to the 1980’s. By the 1980’s significant improvements had been made in performance, handling and the weapons load capability of V/STOL combat jets but now stealth technology and advanced avionics,… Read More A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part IV: The Joint Strike Fighter