Macchi MC 205 Veltro
19 April 1942
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The Macchi C.205 (also known as MC.205, “MC” standing for “Macchi Castoldi”) Veltro (Italian: Greyhound) was an Italian World War II fighter aircraft built by the Aeronautica Macchi. Along with the Reggiane Re.2005 and Fiat G.55, the Macchi C.205 was one of the three “Serie 5” Italian fighters built around the powerful Daimler-Benz DB 605 engine. The C.205 was a development of the earlier C.202 Folgore. With a top speed of some 640 km/h (400 mph) and equipped with a pair of 20 mm cannon as well as 12.7 mm Breda machine guns, the Macchi C.205 Veltro was highly respected by Allied and Axis pilots alike. Widely regarded as the best Italian aircraft of World War II, in action it proved to be extremely effective, destroying a large number of Allied bombers and capable of successfully clashing on equal terms with fighters such as the North American P-51D Mustang, a capability which encouraged the Luftwaffe to use a number of these aircraft to equip one Gruppe.
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The Macchi MC 205 Veltro was a World War II fighter aircraft developed and manufactured by Aeronautica Macchi in Italy. It was a development of the earlier MC 202 Folgore, with a more powerful engine and improved aerodynamics. The MC 205 was one of the best Italian fighters of the war, capable of matching the performance of Allied aircraft such as the Spitfire and the P-51 Mustang. It was mainly used by the Regia Aeronautica (Italian Air Force), but also by the Luftwaffe and the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana (Italian Social Republic Air Force). The MC 205 saw action in various fronts, including North Africa, Sicily, Italy and the Balkans. It earned a reputation for being fast, agile and reliable, and was nicknamed “Veltro” (Greyhound) by its pilots. The MC 205 was also exported to some countries after the war, such as Egypt and Argentina.