Macchi C.205 Veltro Fighter
The Macchi C.205 Veltro (Greyhound) was a development of the C.202 Folgore mounting a more powerful engine and was considered one of the best fighters to be used by the Italian air force. C.205s reached the front lines in June 1943. In August the Italian government made peace with the Allies, by which time the Regia Aeronautica had a 66 Veltros. Six of these flew to allied airfields to serve with the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force, while another 29 reached northern airfields and were used by the Axis backed Italian Social Republic Air Force. Production continued after the armistice and eventually 265 were built. After the war, 42 were delivered to Egypt and saw action in the war with Israel in 1948-1949. The Veltro was armed with 2 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machineguns and 2 20 mm MG 151 cannons and could carry 2 350 lb. bombs. During 1948 and 1949 Egypt received 62 refurbished MC.205s. 15 Macchis were delivered to Egypt before the end of the 1948 Arab Israeli War and saw air to air combat against the Israeli Air Force as well as flying ground attack missions. On January 7, 1949 a C.205 claimed an Israeli P-51 D Mustang. Three Veltros have also been claimed by IAF fighters by the end of the war. The last MC.205s were delivered in 1951 and mainly served with No.2 Squadron until the mid 1950s. The last MC.205 was phased out of service in 1955.