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G.50 Freccia

Primary RoleFighter


ww2dbaseThe G.50 Freccia ("arrow") fighters were the first Italian low-wing monoplane fighters. Armed with German Daimler-Benz engines, these Italian fighters were maneuverable and dangerous in combat. They proved their worth during the Spanish Civil War and in North Africa. Many of them also served in Finland during the two wars, the Winter War and the Continuation War, that she fought with Russia; unfortunately, their effectiveness was limited due to the lack of spare parts.

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Last Major Revision: Jul 2006


MachineryOne Fiat A.74 RC38 radial engine rated at 838 hp
Armament2x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns
Span10.99 m
Length7.79 m
Height2.96 m
Wing Area18.20 m²
Weight, Empty1,975 kg
Weight, Loaded2,415 kg
Weight, Maximum2,706 kg
Speed, Maximum472 km/h
Service Ceiling9,835 m
Range, Normal670 km


G.50 aircraft resting at an airfield in Spain, circa 1938G.50 aircraft in flight above Albania or Greece, circa late 1940
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Hobilar says:
20 Sep 2007 09:21:07 AM

The comment that the G.50 was used in the Winter War is incorrect. In 1939 thirty-five G.50 fighters were ordered by Finland, but these were detained by the German Government and were not delivered until after the cessation of hostilities between Finland and the Soviet Union (1940). No.26 Squadron of the Finnish Air Force being the first to receive them. The Finns employed this fighter until 1944 when the survivors were relegated to a training role.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Hobilar says:
21 Sep 2007 04:13:18 AM

In October 1940, forty-eight Fiat G.50 Freccias (from 20 Gruppo) accompanied the Corpo Aereo Italiano to Belgium. They were based at Ursel for a brief period but there is no record of them having been encountered in action over the British Isles.
3. Michael S. says:
3 Jan 2016 09:08:02 PM

"Armed with the Daimler-Benz....". Its engine was an R.C 38 radial. Are you sure you're not confusing this earlier Fiat with the latter G.55 or Macchi and Reggianes?

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G.50 aircraft resting at an airfield in Spain, circa 1938G.50 aircraft in flight above Albania or Greece, circa late 1940
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