The Fiat G.50 and the M.C.200 were the winners of the Programma R -a requirement of the Regia Aeronautica for a new fighter monoplane in the middle/late 1930s. The G.50 was marginally the less effective of the two. Anyway, both “Arrows” (Freccia and the Saetta) were the epitome of Italian fighters of the beginning of WW2: maneuverable, but poorly armed and powered by the usual so-so Italian engine.
Sumptuous (coloured) photo of a Fiat G.50 Serie I (without its cockpit canopy) employed by the Finish AF. They operated around 30. Always in need of any fighter, the Fiat was just another of the “lemon” types squeezed to the mass by the always resourceful Suomi. Not well-loved anyway, the Italian fighter came last in the preferences of the Finnish pilots; behind the trusty Hurricanes, the modest Morane-Saulnier M.S.406s and even the Brewster Buffaloes. With the Northern temperatures that open cockpit was really hated.