The Folgore was first powered by the 1175hp Alfa Romeo RA1000 RC41-I, it proved to be dissappointing and so the Daimler-Benz DB601A liquid-cooled inverted V-12 engine was imported to replace it. The speed with the Alfa Romeo engine was 595km/h, with a ceiling of 11000m and a range of 760km. It was under armed with two 12.7mm machine guns and two 7.7mm machine guns. This at a time when the Allies were putting up to eight 0.50 in. machine guns and 20 mm cannons on their Spitfires and Hurricanes. It had the capability of carrying two 160kg bombs.
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Mauro De Vita, Bergamo, Italy. With his permission.