Macchi Fighters : C.200 Saetta, C.202 Folgore, C.205 Veltro

Caliaro's book is a stand-alone monograph, covering variant development, production, technical details, and operations. A staggering array of illustrations supports the study, including vintage color shots, period B&W photos, archival images, color profiles, preserved examples, and original unit art, among others. It's a visual feast.

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Luigino Caliaro’s latest book “Macchi Fighters: C.200 Saetta, C.202 Folgore, C.205 Veltro” details the design, development, and operational deployment of the three main fighters produced by the Varese-based Aeronautica Macchi during World War II. The C.200 Saetta (Lightning), conceived in 1935 by Ing. Mario Castoldi, was a short-range interceptor powered by a Fiat A74 RC.38 14-cylinder radial engine and armed with twin 12.7 mm machine guns. By the end of the war, about 1,150 units had been built. The C.202 Folgore (Thunderbolt) featured the German Daimler-Benz 601A in-line engine, licensed-built by Alfa Romeo. Lastly, the C.205 Veltro (Greyhound) was equipped with the more powerful Daimler Benz DB 605 engine. The internationally renowned British test pilot, Captain Eric Brown, praised the Macchi as “a superb fighter, with a beautiful line and good armament… In my opinion, its flying performance was totally comparable with the Spitfire.”

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A period photo of a Macchi C.205 Veltro, widely regarded as the finest fighter fielded by the Regia Aeronautica during World War II. [Photo via Aeronautica Militare Italiana]

Drawing on company and military archive reports, aviation historian Luigino Caliaro traces the origins of Aeronautica Macchi and examines the design, development, production, prototypes, and technical aspects of each fighter. This profusely illustrated volume also covers operational variants and project designs, along with a detailed narrative of each aircraft’s service history with the Regia Aeronautica, the Aviazione Nazionale Repubblicana, the Luftwaffe, and the Croatian Air Legion. Additionally, it explores post-war service with the Aeronautica Militare and the Royal Egyptian Air Force, as well as camouflage, markings, heraldry, and insignia.

Nervi hangar of Pantelleria Airport
Three Macchi C.200 of the 7 Gruppo Comb (86th & 98th Squadrigilie) in front of the spectacular hangar designed by Pier Luigi Nervi, Pantelleria airport. [Photo via Aeronautica Militare Italiana]

With hundreds of photographs, drawings, and color artwork, this book provides the most comprehensive and informative account of this trio of aircraft in the English language.

Macchi Fighters by Luigino Caliaro

About the author

Aviation photographer Luigino CaliaroLuigino Caliaro is an acclaimed aviation photographer based in northern Italy. His journey began in 1995 with a flight in the ‘back seat’ of an RAF Tucano. Since then, he has flown numerous photo-sorties with many of the world’s premier military aerobatic demonstration teams, including the US Navy’s Blue Angels, the Canadian Snowbirds, the Frecce Tricolori, and the Red Arrows. Caliaro has photographed many of the world’s most advanced military jet aircraft air-to-air, including the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, Tornado, Mirage, MiG-29, and Harrier. He has even flown a six-hour mission on board a B-1B Lancer, visited US Navy and French aircraft carriers several times, and experienced a landing and take-off in an Italian Navy Harrier from the deck of the aircraft carrier Garibaldi. Additionally, he has flown photo-sorties with aircraft from several historical aviation collections and museums worldwide.

Luigino is the author of several books on Italian aviation history and aviation photography, including the acclaimed *Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero – From Airliner and Record-Breaker to Bomber and Torpedo-Bomber 1934-1947*, published by Crecy in 2022. He has also written numerous magazine and journal articles in English. His article for Vintage Aviation News can be found HERE.

Moreno-Aguiari

Born in Milan, Italy, Moreno moved to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. His aviation passion began early, inspired by his uncle, an F-104 Starfighter Crew Chief, and his father, a military traffic controller. Childhood adventures included camping outside military bases and watching planes at Aeroporto Linate. In 1999, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to obtain his commercial pilot license, a move that became permanent. With 24 years in the U.S., he now flies full-time for a Part 91 business aviation company in Atlanta. He is actively involved with the Commemorative Air Force, the D-Day Squadron, and other aviation organizations. He enjoys life with his supportive wife and three wonderful children.

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About Moreno Aguiari 3337 Articles
Born in Milan, Italy, Moreno moved to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. His aviation passion began early, inspired by his uncle, an F-104 Starfighter Crew Chief, and his father, a military traffic controller. Childhood adventures included camping outside military bases and watching planes at Aeroporto Linate. In 1999, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to obtain his commercial pilot license, a move that became permanent. With 24 years in the U.S., he now flies full-time for a Part 91 business aviation company in Atlanta. He is actively involved with the Commemorative Air Force, the D-Day Squadron, and other aviation organizations. He enjoys life with his supportive wife and three wonderful children.

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