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MM.8146, the MC.200 on display in the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio, was transferred from the Regia Aeronautica's 372a Squadriglia in Italy to the 165a Squadriglia in North Africa during November 1942, just in time to be abandoned at the Banghazi airfield following the battle of El Alamein. It appears that, in the press of circumstances, it remained in its 372a Squadriglia markings.[1] Captured by British forces, it was subsequently shipped to the United States, where it was exhibited around the country to sell war bonds.[2]

Not much is known of this C.200 until the late 1940ies, when it was donated to the city of Worcester, MA to be exhibited in a fair. It already was missing some parts then (like the engine cowl and the airscrew), but still retained its original camouflage. Subsequently it was bought by a certain Mr. Garganico, who exposed it in his Princeton Auto Museum, Oxford MA. Unfortunately the plane was not very closely custoded and both visitors and weather furtherly damaged it.[3]

At the death of Mr. Garganico in 1964 there was an auction and the Macchi -or what was left of it- was bought by the Bradley Air Museum, Windsor Locks, CT, who started a restoration of the hulk. In 1983 the aircraft was obtained by the New England Air Museum, Bradley, CT, who sold it in 1989 to a private owner, Jeet Mahal from Vancouver, BC in Canada. He sent the aircaft on 4 December 1989 to Venego, Italy, to be restored by a team from Aermacchi (the original builder), who rolled out the aircraft two years later on 12 December 1991[4], before its acquisition by the US Air Force Museum in October 1992. It is since displayed in the markings of the 372a Squadriglia of the Regia Aeronautica that it carried at the time of its capture.

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