On November 11, 1940, came the mission that probably contributed the most to the bad reputation of the Corpo Aereo Italiano.
Designed and built by Celestino Rosatelli’s team in 1937, the CR25 showed itself to be one of the best Fiat’s productions in the multipurpose field. The CR25 – a solid, elegant and well-finished aircraft – soon displayed its potentials. Thanks to its good characteristics, this unit showed itself as being so flexible, as to carry out several tasks: long range fighter, medium range fast reconnoiter, light bomber and even fast passenger cargo.
A biplane with wings of unequal span resulting from development of the CR-30, using the same fabric covered tubular metal structure – aluminum for the wings, steel and aluminum for the fuselage. W-type Warren bracing was used between the wings. The CR-32 was of smaller dimensions and had improved maneuverability and performance. The spatted, wide track, fixed undercarriage had hydraulic shock absorbers and pneumatic brakes.