The development of the most famous Italian World War II 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 second edition contains scale plans, photographs and drawings from wartime technical manuals, superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings, and rare black and white archive photographs. Colour photographs of preserved aircraft illustrate all aspects of the airframe. This is essential reading for aviation enthusiasts and scale aeromodellers.