The CR.32 Falco was a handsome and highly maneuverable bi-plane fighter. During General Franco's fight with the Republicans for the control of Spain from 1936 - 39, no fewer than 477 CR.32s were involved, with an astounding 709 confirmed aerial victories, and an additional 320 kills claimed, against just 62 losses. As these statistics reveal, the CR.32 was the unrivaled master of the skies over Spain. By the war's end, the five leading aces of the conflict were all Spanish CR.32 pilots. Their exploits, and those of the other leading CR.32 aces, are examined for the first time in English in this exciting volume.
About the Author
Alfredo Logoluso is an aeronautical engineer and formerly an officer the missile Air Defence section of the Italian Air Force. He has worked in both the military and civil aerospace industries. For many years he has researched the aeronautical history of the Spanish Civil War, writing numerous articles for Italy's specialist press on the subject. One of his primary contacts is Angelo Emiliani, who was the first Italian researcher to document the air war in Spain.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Blue Arena 6
Chapter 2 Fighter Escalation 24
Chapter 3 Forming of the Aviazione Legionaria 32
Chapter 4 Unit Reorganisation 40
Chapter 5 War Continues Eastward 64
Chapter 6 Last Battles 75
Chapter 7 Nationalist Victory 83
Colour Plates Commentary 90