Macchi MC.200 Saetta: Wind without wires.

The Saetta suffered the infatuation of the Italian fighter pilots with tradition. Initially equipped with an enclosed cockpit, this was changed early during production to this peculiar semi-open type in order to improve pilot’s visibility.

This well-dressed pilot was quite enclosed and even tight, but that opening was drafty and cold. Not to mention the fair amount of drag it produced.

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