Reggiane Re.2003

The Reggiane Re.2003 was a development from the Reggiane Re.2002 fighter bomber that first flew on 29 June 1941.

It was designed to replace the outdated IMAM Ro.37 used at the time.

Unlike the Reggiane Re.2002, it had room for a second crewman who sat behind the pilot.

It could also be equipped with onboard camera equipment.

The Fiat A.74 RC.38 engine was intended to be used originally, but the Piaggio P. XI RC 40 Bis was chosen instead.

Only one was ever produced, and production for a second started, but never finished.

Specifications

Crew

2

Length

8.08 m (26 ft 6 in)

Wingspan

11 m (36 ft 1 in)

Height

3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)

Wing area

20.4 m2 (220 sq ft)

Airfoil

N-38

Empty weight

5,445 kg (12,004 lb)

Gross weight

7,319 kg (16,136 lb)

Powerplant

1 × Piaggio P.XI R.C.40 bis 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 876 kW (1,175 hp)

Propellers

3-bladed constant-speed propeller

Performance

Maximum speed

510 km/h (320 mph, 280 kn)

Range

720 km (450 mi, 390 nmi)

Service ceiling

9,800 m (32,200 ft)

Armament

Guns

2 × 12.7 mm (0.500 in) machine-guns

2 × 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine-guns

Bombs

Up to 500 kg (1,102 lb) of bombs

 

 

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