CANSA FC.20ter: More bark than bite.

The original FC.20 design was a recon/bomber first flown in 1941. It’s quite decent performances decided the company to develop a ground attack variants. The “-ter” was the third one armed liked the second with this ominous looking 37mm Breda cannon on its nose. Curiously after the shortened solid nose of the second variant (FC.20bis) the “-ter” reverted to a longer glazed one of the original FC.20 -one step ahead, to two steps back… A further iteration followed, but only a few FC.20 prototypes flew and just 3 FC.20bis showed some kind of military service. Utter chaos, as usual, in the italian aircraft industry/operations during WW2.

That nose meant business anyway.

Photo: G. Apostolo’s collection.

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