Was radio communication used by fighter pilots during the Spanish Civil War? Fiat CR32, Messerschmitt Me 109 and Polikarpov I-16 were typical aircraft but I have no information about radio communication during dogfights. Can anyone help?

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The Heinkel 51s used in the Spanish Civil War had radio equipment. Messerschmidt Bf 109 versions A to E served in the conflict, the model B1 had FuG 7 radios. I can't find a source but I'd guess that the 109 a had a FuG 2.

The Fiat CR 32 had an RA 80-1 radio as an optional piece of equipment.

The Polikarpov I-16 was introduced into service in 1933 without a radio, but by 1939 one had been fitted.

During the conflict, Werner Mölders developed a combat system that relied on radio co-ordination, there's an interesting article about that here.

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you Dave. Very informative. $\endgroup$
    – angel diez
    Jul 16, 2023 at 13:43

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