A very underrated aircraft is the Italian “Savoia Marchetti S.M.79” Sparviero (Sparrowhawk). This aircrafts main roll was as a medium/torpedo bomber… It was built in the early 1930s as a passenger aircraft setting 26 different world records and had the top speed of almost 300 mph! It quickly drew the attention of the Italian government and became one of Italy’s finest aircraft of WW2.

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How is SM.79 an under rated aircraft?

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Jun 19 1918 Italy’s highest-scoring ace, Maggiore (Major) Francesco Baracca, is killed by Austro-Hungarian ground fire. He had claimed 34 victories https://t.co/7mHA2Q8brF https://t.co/Crqxf18fpy http://twitter.com/ThisDayInWWI/status/1008845252847792128

In later years, Francesco Baracca’s mother presented his prancing stallion emblem, the Cavallino Rampante, to Enzo Ferrari. The prancing horse has been the official symbol of the Scuderia Ferrari racing team since 1929, and of Ferrari automobiles since they began being manufactured. The roller coaster at Ferrari World on Yas Island Flying Aces, is named after him and themed to him.