The M.C.200 Saetta (Lightning) first flew December 24, 1937, and was part of Italy’s first generation of modern metal monoplane fighter aircraft. It had excellent handling but was hampered by inadequate engine power and armament. The over 1,100 Saettas made served Italy throughout World War II, although were obsolete and largely replaced by next-generation fighters, particularly the MC.202, by 1942.
Two M.C.200s still exist, one in Italy and one in the United States.
The National Museum of the USAF restored this beautiful M.C.200 in the markings of the 372nd Squadron.