The Royal Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica Italiana) was the name of the air force of the Kingdom of Italy. It was established as a service independent of the Royal Italian Army from 1923 until 1946. In 1946, the monarchy was abolished and the Kingdom of Italy became the Italian Republic, whereupon the name of the air force changed to the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare).
Royal Italian Air Force in The War That Came EarlyEdit
The Royal Italian Air Force had sent volunteers to Spain to help the Nationalists in the Civil War. Although they provided much needed air support to the Nationals, their fighters weren't able to do much against the Soviet Bombers.
After the coup in the UK in 1941, Benito Mussolini, wanting to impress Adolf Hitler, launched raids into Egypt to punish England for leaving the alliance against the Soviets. While the Italians were used to outdated equipment and inaccurate bombers, their British foes fared no better, thus making the air war in North Africa an even match.