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Fiat G.55, G.56, G.59

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Deac

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Post Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:18 pm

Fiat G.55, G.56, G.59

Fiat G.55

One of the three Series Five fighters from Italy. It is typically rated above second in that series to the Reggiane Re.2005 and above the Macchi Mc.205. It was equipped with an Italian copy of the DB 605A.

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Syrian Colors

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Prototype

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Trainer

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Torpedo Carrier

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Torpedo

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Fiat G.56

A G.55 with a more powerful DB 603 engine. Proved to be far superior to the Bf 109K and Fw 190D, but was not allowed for service by the Germans. Their own stupidity that helped us win...

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Fiat G.59

A post-war model that was equipped with a Merlin engine to help keep up with production orders from Agrentina and Italy. There were several sub-variants including the G.59-4A which was a single-seat bubble-top fighter. The G.59 was Italy's last prop powered fighter, being made between 1948 and 1951.

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Twin-Seat Trainer

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G.59-4B Bubble-Top Trainer

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The beautiful G.59-4A.


Sites with plenty of info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_G.55
http://xoomer.virgilio.it/g55/G55his.htm
http://www.comandosupremo.com/G55.html
http://www.aviastar.org/air/italy/fiat_centauro.php
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Post Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:56 pm

Some Heinkel-ish elements eh 8)
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Aragorn1963

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Post Sun Jul 12, 2009 4:11 pm

Lovely plane....
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Fafnir_6

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Post Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:28 pm

Hello,

There is a G.55 under development offsite. I have been assured by one of the plane's makers that it will be released to the wider community once it is complete. For pics of the G.55 in game, visit the Diavoli Rossi and look at some of their older articles. I'm sure it will be released soon (and it looks mighty fine, if I may say so).

Cheers,

Fafnir_6
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Deac

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Post Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:18 pm

The Fiat G.55 Centauro (centaur) was an all-metal low-wing monoplane single-seat fighter designed by Giuseppe Gabrielli, and represented a great improvement by comparison with the previous Fiat monoplane fighter to go into production, the G.50. Great care was taken to blend an aerodynamically advanced airframe with a structure which was robust and would lend itself to mass production. Its configuration included fully retractable landing gear and a raised cockpit providing an excellent view. Fast and manoeuvrable, the type proved popular with its pilots.

The first of three prototypes was flown on 30 April 1942; the third (MM 493) was the only one to carry armament, comprising one engined-mounted cannon and four fuselage-mounted machine-guns. It was evaluated under operational conditions from March 1943, but by then the Italian air ministry had already decided on mass production of the G.55. However, only 16 G.55/0 pre-production and 15 G.55/I initial production aircraft had been delivered to the Regia Aeronautica by September 1943, production thereafter being for the Fascist air arm flying alongside the Luftwaffe. Before wartime production ended 274 more were completed and a further 37 were abandoned at an advanced construction stage.

Before the armistice of September 1943, G.55s had participated in the defence of Rome with the 353 Squadriglia of the Regia Aeronautica. The post-armistice operations were mainly with the Fascist air arm's Squadriglia 'Montefusco', based at Veneria Reale, then with the three squadriglie which formed the 2

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