Undoubtedly the fiat g55 centauro centaur served as italys best fighter design of world war 2 the type made use of a license produced version of the excellent german daimler benz db 605a series inline engine and featured an enclosed cockpit the latter a rarity among italian fighter aircraft of the war. In 1943 italy needed a new fighter to keep itself in the game three designs were proposed the fiat g55 the mc 205 and the re2005 naturally being italy they put all three into production. The fiat g55 centauro italian centaur was a single engine single seat world war ii fighter aircraft used by the regia aeronautica and the anr aeronautica nazionale repubblicana in 1943 1945 it was designed and built in turin by fiat. The fiat g55 centauro was a redesigned version of the g50 freccia differences included a db 605 a 1 engine an improved fineness ratio of the fuselage and a redesigned wing built in 2 sections bolted together at the centerline for greater efficiency metal stressed skin was used and the metal framed aileron was fabric covered
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