|This page is about the Italian fighter CR.32 quater. For other versions, see CR.32 and CR.32 bis.|
The CR.32 quater is a rank I Italian fighter with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica".
The C.R.32 quater fights are usually at low to medium altitude, the recommended fight altitude is around 1,000 - 3,000 meters. Flying above ground level gives you the advantage of diving on your enemies, and you can also dive to avoid incoming fighters.
For a reserve plane, it is one of the best. It does lack armour for the pilot, meaning new players should focus on increasing the pilot's vitality. Its 2 x 12.7 mm (.50 cal) guns are one of the most powerful armaments in reserve planes, just behind the Ba.65 (K.14) L.
It has plenty of ammo, 350 rpg, which is enough to kill at least 2 planes. Its armament is also enough to kill a pilot in a single hit, which is similar to the P-26 Peashooter. It does, however, trade some manoeuvrability for superb diving capability. It can not turn fight Ki-10's, I-15's and is comparable to a Fury Mk II. It can fight pretty much anything it faces, but sometimes needs the help of a teammate.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 3,100 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 200||< 300||< 300||> 190|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|2,600 m||591 hp||787 hp|
Survivability and armour
- No armour plates or bulletproof glass
- Self-sealing fuel tank between engine and pilot
Modifications and economy
When grinding the CR.32 quater focus on getting the performance modifications. The "Offensive 12.7 mm" should be researched immediately, and air target ammo equipped afterwards to focus on improving the plane's performance.
The CR.32 quater is armed with:
- 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (350 rpg = 700 total)
Usage in battles
You need to get a certain altitude at the start of battle, almost 1,000 m, and for attacking planes you need to dogfight, remember that your plane can manoeuvre better in horizontal dogfights but not very good in vertical (it will lose a lot of speed), the best belts are tracers, air targets, or stealth belts for taking down planes, with these belt you can knock out pilots, set the opponent afire, or critically damage them. Watch your ammo count because the ammo capacity is rather low (700 total).
Your priority is to attack enemy fighters and protect your teammates, remember you are a fighter, and most Italian planes are pure fighters so they can carry few bombs or none at all.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable|| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|Combined|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- 12.7 mm MGs are great for knocking out pilots and penetrating enemy armour plates
- Nose-mounted MGs mean little convergence work is needed
- Excellent dive speed
- Surprisingly good turning against bigger fighters
- Fixed gear make it easy to land
- Great all-round vision provided by the open cockpit especially towards the rear, giving the pilot enough situational awareness in Simulator
- In Simulator it almost never spins, allowing some really tight manoeuvres to be performed without danger
- Yellow camouflage is effective in certain maps such as Sinai and Sicily
- Turns worse than some biplanes (eg. I-15) it faces
- Has a relatively small ammo pool, firing in short bursts is very recommended
- Very poor roll rate
- No protection for the pilot
- Uses a telescopic gunsight which is extremely hard to use in Simulator
- Upper wing greatly obstructs the upward-forward view, a disadvantage in a Simulator dogfight
- Fixed gear increase drag
The FIAT CR.32 quater fighter biplane was developed by the Celestino Rosatelli, an Italian aeronautic enginner, who designed various planes, such as the FIAT CR.32, FIAT CR.32 Quater, FIAT CR.32 Bis, FIAT CR.42, FIAT CR.42 CN, FIAT BR.20DR, FIAT BR.20M M1, and many more.
After the production of FIAT CR.32 Ter, enginners added a few improvements: modified windscreen, and shifted backwards and increased the size of the OMI telescope sight, but most importantly the new variant had a slight increase in performance at low altitudes, and became the CR.32 quater.
At the end of 1937, the FIAT CR.32 quater has replace the FIAT CR.32 ter in the Regia Aeronautica.
The FIAT CR.32 quater was used by Italy, Hungary, Venezuela and Paraguay.
After the FIAT CR.32 quater were created sub-variants:
- CR.32 quater CN
- CR.32 quater AS (variant capable of carrying bombs and fight in desert conditions, the drop load, consist bombs or stick bombs up to 100 Kg)
By 10 June 1940 the FIAT CR.32 was equipped for the following Gruppi Caccia (Fighters Groups): 24°Gruppo (52°Stormo) at Sarzana, 2°Gruppo at Grottaglie, 157°Gruppo (1°Stormo) at Trapani, 9°Gruppo at Monserrato, 160° at Tirana, 13°Gruppo (Partly) at Castelbenito (Libya), 8°Gruppo at Tobruk, 10°Gruppo at Benina and 163° Squadron at Rhodes.
The FIAT CR.32 quater with FIAT CR.32 to have been involved in military operations were those stationed in Libya, forty-odd machines being used mostly in ground attack missions together with the 50°Stormo's Breda 65's.
The other front where the machine was used to the last example was Eastern Africa, fighting highly superior machines, such as Blenheims and Hurricanes.
The FIAT CR.32 quater closely followed the alternate phases of the campaign, from Italian advance into Egypt to the loss of Cyrenaica, they were widely used fairly successfully with various bomb types until January 1941.
After the conquest of Crete in May 1941, FIAT CR.32s were relegated to fighting training duties.
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|Fiat Aviation (Fiat Aviazione)|
|Fighters||CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater|
|CR.42 · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN|
|G.50 serie 2 · G.50 AS serie 7|
|G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 serie 1 · G.55S|
|Jet fighters||G.91 pre-serie · G.91 R/1 · G.91 YS|
|Bombers||B.R.20DR · B.R.20M M1|
|▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4 · G.91 R/4|
|Captured||▀CR.42 · ▀Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · ▀G.50 serie 2 · ▀G.50 AS serie 7|
|See also||North American Aviation · Lockheed Martin|
|Fiat||CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater · CR.42 · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN|
|G.50 serie 2 · G.50 AS serie 7 · G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 serie 1 · G.55S · G.56|
|Reggiane||Re.2000 G.A. · Re.2000 serie 1 · Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 gruppo 22 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN · Re.2002 Early · Re.2005 serie 0|
|Macchi||C. 200 serie 3 · C. 200 serie 7 · C. 202 · C. 202EC · C. 205 serie 1 · C. 205 serie 3 · C. 205N2|
|Germany||▄Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS|
|Britain||▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop|