At one time, in the late 20s and early 30s, the Italians possessed one of the largest air forces in the world, and even in 1935 it was a deciding factor in causing the British lion to refrain from straining the Ethiopian crisis to the breaking point. Today, however, the Regia Aeronautica is composed largely of outmoded designs of comparatively low performance. One of the fastest Italian pursuit planes, the Caproni Reggiane Re.2000 (see silhouette), has a high speed of only 329 mph at 13,120 ft.
This recognition article was originally published in the June, 1942, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 41, no 6, pp 78-79.
Photos and silhouettes are not credited.