Published: 24-03-2011 photo #12398 1 comments 0 votes
Photographed at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, on 15 March 2011.
Designed by Celestino Rosatelli the Fiat CR.42 Falco first flew on 23 May 1938. It entered service with Regia Aeronautica (53 Stormo) in spring 1939 and served on most fronts as a biplane fighter until the more modern monoplane allied fighters saw it used in a ground support role. A total of 1,782 of the six aircraft variants where produced between 1939 and 1944.
The CR.42 Falco was also procured by several foreign Air Forces, Hungary (50), Belgium (40) and Sweden (72) aircraft. The Swedish Air Force CR42's (designated J-11) where delivered between February 1940 and September 1941. By November 1941 all of the Falco's where in service and assigned to F9 (Flottilj = No. 9 Wing) Save, near Gothenburg (where I live).
This aircraft was damaged whilst on a low flying mission in bad weather at Tarnatjakko, thirty kilometres from Kiruna, in the North of Sweden. The aircarft was being flown by conscript Corporal Pilot 'Bertil Klintman' who did not survive the accident. The damaged aircarft was subsequently recovered by helicopter in 1983.
The project was acquired by The Fighter Collection in 1995, and since that time has been subject to a detailed and exhaustive restoration on the collection's behalf in Italy and in the UK.