With the M.C. 205V the Italian industry, at last, produced a really effective fighter. Curiously, the Veltro (greyhound) was a stopgap solution that mated a powerful Daimler-Benz DB 605 German engine to the already efficient Macchi M.C. 202 airframe. The DB 605 gave the Veltro performances equal to the enemy fighters, but its main improvement was in the armament area. The main production models had the usual nose-mounted 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT l and also a pair German 20mm MG 151 cannons in the wings. That armament gave the Veltro a substantial “punch”, ending the usual Italian fighter’s weakness. Regrettably, the Veltri came too late -the chaotic Italian aircraft industry didn’t help either- to be really significant. Only a bunch were built, yet they gave its pilots a real tool for fighting. The Veltro story continued well after the end of WW2 – it was that good.
Gorgeous postwar photo of one of the Veltri sold to the Egyptian AF. The main features of this elegant fighter clearly depicted here in all its splendour.