The development of the most famous Italian WWII fighter plane is described and illustrated in this book. Combining the agility and excellent flying characteristics of the earlier MC.200 with a powerful German aero-engine, the Folgore was the best Italian fighter in large-scale service. It served with the Regia Aeronautica and other forces, including the Croatian air arm. This book describes the design, development and operations of this elegant and effective fighter. This expanded 3rd edition contains scale plans, photographs and drawings from wartime technical manuals, superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings, and rare b&w archive photographs.