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C.200 aircraft at rest, date unknown

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C.200 Saetta   Main article  Photos  
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 7 Sep 2006
Licensing  Public Domain



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1. Hobilar says:
22 Sep 2007 05:32:03 AM

This photograph is of the first Saetta prototype (MM 336)which flew for the first time on December 24, 1937. MM 336 achieved a remarkable speed of 500 mph in a dive and was the easy winner of an interceptor contest held in 1938, leading to a production order for ninety-nine machines.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
17 Nov 2010 07:34:05 AM

Prototype flew on December 24, 1937 with company's chief test pilot Guiseppe Burei at the controls. Armed w/ 2x12.7mm machine guns. The Macchi design was compact and sturdy but, lacked a suitable engine of 1,200hp. It was powered by a Fiat A-74, 14 cylinder air-cooled radial engine of 870hp for takeoff delivering a top speed of 313mph/504km/h. The MC.200 served on every front Italy fought by the time of the surrender in 1943, the Saetta was outdated. About 42 serviceable aircraft were left, and 23 pilots flew their fighters to Allied lines, to continue the fight against the Germans.

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