The CR.32 was a neat and efficient biplane fighter designed by Celestino Rosatelli, another in his long line of fighters built by Fiat. These fighters took part in the Spanish Civil War, where they were the most numerous Nationalist fighters. In that conflict the CR.32’s proved to be both fast and robust aircraft. That good showing of the “Chirri” -as it was known here in Spain- gave the Regia Aeronautica (Italian AF) the false impression that there was still a place for biplane fighters in future confrontations. So Italy started WW2 with arguably the best biplane fighter of the war, but a biplane nevertheless.
Nice photo composition of some CR.32’s taken on a South America “tour” in 1937. The Regia Aeronautica during the interwar period was famous for their obsession with strength and showmanship; another thing was their real capacities.