Reggiane Re.2001 Delta/Falco

The Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II was an Italian fighter aircraft, serving in the Regia Aeronautica during World War II.

A contemporary of the renowned Macchi C.202, the production of this type was to be limited to only 252, it was a flexible design that proved to be able to undertake a number of roles.

Thanks to its manoeuvrability it could dogfight with more powerful opponents like the Supermarine Spitfire.

Variants

Re.2001

Prototypes, two built.

Second prototype had three-spar wing, modified canopy and fixed tail wheel.

First flight on May 1940

Re.2001 Series I

First production series operated as fighter-bomber and carrier trainer; also used for land-based catapult tests, 100 built.

Re.2001 CB

Modified fighter-bomber produced from 1942, to carry two 100 or 160 kg (220 or 350 lb) bombs under the wings as well as bombs up to 250 kg (550 lb) under the fuselage for the attack role.

Re.2001 or Series II

Proposed ship-borne fighter version for the carrier Aquila, 50 built.

First addition of wing-mounted machine guns to development and optional cannon, able to carry a 600 kg (1,300 lb) torpedo or bomb as standard.

Re.2001 CN Series III & IV

Night fighter and fighter-bomber version, 74 built.

Optional bomb load of up to 640 kg (1,410 lb) or additional fuel tank on Series IV.

Two 20 mm (0.79 in) Mauser MG 151/20 cannon (60 rounds each) were fitted in two gondolas, one under each wing.

Re.2001 G/H/

Experimental torpedo (carrying a 600 kg (1,300 lb) torpedo) fighter

Or

Anticarro

Anti-tank version with lengthened tailwheel and two 20 mm (0.79 in) cannons, two built.

Re.2001 G/V

Modified fighter-bomber, with reinforced fuselage structure to carry a single 640 kg (1,410 lb) bomb with 120 kg (260 lb) HE, derived from a 381 mm (15.0 in) shell

(Made for the Littorio-class battleships).

A small number of the variant was built, two G/Vs took part in Operation Pedestal, this was the only use of the type.

Re.2001 Delta

Prototype version powered by 840 hp (630 kW) Isotta Fraschini Delta RC 16/48 engine, one built, first flight, 12 September 1942.

After tests when a top speed of only 478 km/h (297 mph) at 5,760 m (18,900 ft) was reached, the Regia Aeronautica cancelled the 100 variants on order.

Re.2001bis

Prototype (MM.438) version with repositioned radiators, one built, although flight trials were successful, proving to be the fastest of the Re.2001 variants, it was converted back to a standard Re.2001.

Specifications

Crew

1

Length

8.36 m (27 ft 5 in)

Wingspan

11 m (36 ft 1 in)

Height

3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)

Wing area

20.4 m2 (220 sq ft)

Airfoil

N-38

Empty weight

2,495 kg (5,501 lb)

Gross weight

3,280 kg (7,231 lb)

Powerplant

1 ├Ś Alfa Romeo R.A.1000 R.C.41-I Monsone V-12 inverted liquid-cooled piston engine, 864 kW (1,159 hp) (license-built Daimler-Benz DB 601Aa)

Propellers

3-bladed constant-speed propeller

Performance

Maximum speed

542 km/h (337 mph, 293 kn)

Range

1,100 km (680 mi, 590 nmi)

Service ceiling

11,000 m (36,000 ft)

Rate of climb

13 m/s (2,600 ft/min)

Wing loading

160.78 kg/m2 (32.93 lb/sq ft)

Armament

Guns

2 x 12.7 mm (0.50 in) Breda-SAFAT machine guns in upper cowling

2 x 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Breda-SAFAT machine guns in wings.

 

 

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