Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario

The Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario was an Italian monoplane fighter and fighter/bomber produced for the Regia Aeronautica during the later years of World War II.

Along with the Macchi C.202/C.205 and Fiat G.55, the Reggiane Re.2005 was one of the three Series 5 Italian fighters.

The lines of the fuselage were aerodynamically efficient, and the design was intended to exploit the famous Daimler-Benz DB 605 engine.

The only drawback was a certain structural weakness in the rear section of the fuselage.

Only 48 examples had been delivered before the Armistice, and these fighters took part in the defence of Naples, Rome and Sicily, with the survivors battling above the crumbling ruins of Berlin, in German insignia.

Specifications

Crew

1

Length

8.73 m (28 ft 8 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

2,600 kg (5,732 lb)

Gross weight

3,610 kg (7,959 lb)

Powerplant

1 × Fiat RA.1050 R.C.58 Tifone V-12 inverted liquid-cooled piston engine 1,475 PS (1,455 hp; 1,085 kW)

(license built Daimler-Benz DB 605A-1)

Propellers

3-bladed constant-speed propeller

Performance

Maximum speed

628 km/h (390 mph, 339 kn) at 6,950 m (22,802 ft)

Cruise speed

515 km/h (320 mph, 278 kn)

Stall speed

155 km/h (96 mph, 84 kn)

Range

980 km (610 mi, 530 nmi) internal fuel

1,130 km (702 mi; 610 nmi) with 300 l (79 US gal; 66 imp gal) drop tank

1,270 km (789 mi; 686 nmi) with 300 l (79 US gal; 66 imp gal) drop tank

Plus

 2 × 150 l (40 US gal; 33 imp gal) drop tanks

Service ceiling

11,500 m (37,700 ft)

Rate of climb

20 m/s (3,900 ft/min)

Wing loading

177 kg/m2 (36 lb/sq ft) maximum

Armament

Guns

2 × 12.7 mm (0.500 in) Breda SAFAT machine guns in upper cowling (350 rpg)

1 × 20 mm (0.8 in) MG 151 cannon firing through propeller hub (150 rpg)

2 × 20 mm (0.8 in) MG 151 cannon in wings (200 rpg)

Bombs

Under fuselage (non standard) hardpoint 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) bomb

Or

1 × 300 l (66 imp gal; 79 US gal) drop tank

Hardpoints on wings

160 kg (350 lb) bombs

Or

2 × 150 litres (33 imp gal; 40 US gal) drop tanks.

 

 

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