Macchi C.202 Folgore

italy-kingdom-flagItalian Macchi C.202 Folgore fighter plane.
History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model.

Macchi C.202 Folgore taxiing out

Macchi C.202 Folgore taxiing out along a newly prepared taxiway. A ground-crewman rides on each wing, standard practice with poor-vision fighters.

Macchi MC202 Folgore (Lightning).
Type: Single-seat fighter plane.


Essentially a re-engined Saetta, the C.202 Folgore was much more powerful and after quick and painless development went into production (first by Breda) in late 1940.

Armament remained two 12.7-mm Breda­SAFAT above the engine and two 7.7-mm Breda-SAFAT in the wings, plus two bombs up to 3531b (160kg) or fuel tanks. From the outset the cockpit was completely enclosed, opposition to this having finally withered. Up to Serie VIII many aircraft had no wing guns, while at least one Serie had two 20mm Mauser MG 151/20 in underwing fairings.

About 1,500 were built by 1943, 392 by Macchi, achieving complete superiority over the Hawker Hurricane and Curtiss P-40.

The more powerful Macchi C.205V Veltro flew on 19 April 1942, but pathetic industrial performance (on engine as well as airframe) limited output to 262. The 205 Serie III dropped the 7.7mm wing guns in favour of MG 151/20s.

The C.205N was a total structural redesign instead of a converted 200, the first flying on 1 November 1942 with one MG 151/20 and four 12.7mm, two in the wing roots. It was an outstanding machine, retaining all the agility of earlier Macchi fighters, and the 205N-2 added powerful armament with two more MG 151/20 instead of the wing-root 12.7mm. None reached service.

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Pictures Macchi C.202 Folgore

Specifications Macchi C.202 Folgore

Macchi C.202 Folgore Specification
Type Single-seat fighter
Power plant one 1175 hp Alfa Romeo RA1000 RC41-I (license-produced German DB 601A-1) inverted-vee-12 engine
Accommodation 1
Wing span 34 ft 8 1/2 in
Length overall 29 ft 0 1/2 in
Height overall 9 ft 11 1/2 in
Weight empty 5,181 lb
Weight loaded 6,636 lb
Max level speed 370 mph
Service ceiling 36,000 ft
Macchi C.202 Folgore Specification
above engine two 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine-guns
additional from Serie VIII in wings two 7,7mm Breda-SAFAT machine-guns
additional one late Serie under wings two 20mm Mauser MG 151/20
external load (all) two bombs or fuel-tanks up to 353 lb
Service statistics
Macchi C.202 Folgore data
First flight (prototype) August 10, 1940
Service delivery July 1941
Final delivery early 1944
Total production figure 1,100 (plus 400 C.205)

3D Model Macchi C.202 Folgore

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