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C.205 Veltro

ManufacturerAeronautica Macchi
Primary RoleFighter


ww2dbaseThe C.205 Veltro ("Greyhound") fighters were designed based on the C.202. They were sent to front line combat squadrons in Jun 1943, and were first used as escorts for Italian bombers attacking Allied ships off Sicily. On 2 Aug, the proved their worth during a dogfight where six C.205 fighters challenged a group of 20 P-38 and P-40 fighters; with the loss of only one fighter, the C.205s downed six American fighters and drove off the rest. When the Italian goverment capitulated in Sep 1943, 66 C.205 fighters were in service; 37 of them were surrendered to the Allies while the rest continued to fight under the banner of the puppet state in Northern Italy. Production continued in Northern Italy until the end of WW2, by which date a total of 265 were manufactured.

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Last Major Revision: Sep 2006

C.205 Veltro Timeline

8 Jul 1943 The 400-mph Macchi C.205V Veltro fighter made its combat debut when fifteen machines escorted a force of Italian Regia Aeronautica torpedo-bombers tasked to attack Allied warships bombarding the island of Pantelleria southwest of Sicily, Italy.


MachineryOne Fiat RA1050 RC 58 Tifone (Licensed version of Daimler-Benz DB 605) rated at 1,475hp
Armament2x12.7mm machine guns, 2x20mm cannons, 320kg of bombs
Span10.58 m
Length8.85 m
Height3.05 m
Wing Area16.80 m²
Weight, Empty2,581 kg
Weight, Loaded3,408 kg
Weight, Maximum3,900 kg
Speed, Maximum640 km/h
Service Ceiling11,500 m
Range, Normal855 km


C.205 aircraft resting at an airfield, date unknown

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