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    Fiat Cr.32 Biplane Fighter Aircraft

    The Fiat CR.42 was one of the best inter-war designed fighters to ever see service, though largely outclassed by the start of World War 2.

     Updated: 10/27/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    Arguably the best biplane fighter of Italian design before the start of the Second World War. The plane was also built for export for Spain and Sweden air defence. The Fiat CR.32 saw air combat service with Spain in the Spanish Civil War and ran under the designation of Hispano HA-132-L 'Chirri'.

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    Fiat Cr.32bis Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1938
    Type: Biplane Fighter Aircraft
    National Origin: Italy
    Manufacturer(s): Fiat - Italy
    Production Total: 750

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 24.44 feet (7.45 meters)
    Width: 31.17 feet (9.50 meters)
    Height: 8.63 feet (2.63 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 2,921 lb (1,325 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 4,079 lb (1,850 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Fiat A.30 V-12 water-cooled in-line piston engine developing 600 horsepower.

    Maximum Speed: 233 mph (375 kph; 202 knots)
    Maximum Range: 423 miles (680 km)
    Service Ceiling: 28,871 feet (8,800 meters; 5.47 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 2,000 feet-per-minute (610 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    2 x .50 caliber machine guns
    2 x 7.7mm machine guns

    220lbs of bombs

    Global Operators / Customers

    Argentina; Austria; China; Nazi Germany; Hungary; Italy; Paraguay; Spain; Venezuela

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    CR.30 - Fitted with Fiat A.30 V-12 water-cooled engine of 600 horsepower; 2 x 7.7mm OR 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns.

    CR.32 - Fitted with Fiat A.30 RAbis engine of 600 horsepower; armed with 2 x 12.7mm machine guns.

    CR.32bis - Close-Support Fighter Model; fitted with 2 x 7.7mm machine guns and 2 x 12.7mm machine guns; provision for up to 100kg of external ordnance.

    CR.32ter - "Improved" CR.32bis model

    CR.32quater - Based on the CR.32ter model series; improved performance; 337 examples produced.

    CR.33 - Prototype Model appearing in 3 examples.

    CR.40 - Single Production Prototype; fitted with Bristol Mercury IV radial piston engine.

    CR.40bis - Single Production Prototype

    CR.41 - Single Production Prototype

    HA-132L - Spainish Designation; produced under license by Hispano-Chirri.