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  • Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II (Falcon II) Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft

    Development and production of the Reggiane Re.2001 series proved slow, yielding just 237 examples in all.

     Updated: 5/31/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    While the other major global participant of World War 2 found tremendous successes with their various and numerous wartime fighter mounts, the Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) operated a rather contained collection of fighter types - many of which were quite good designs and only limited by protracted development periods, Italian industry, and limited production numbers. Such was the case with the capable Reggiane Re.2001 "Falco" series which was introduced in 1941 and saw just 237 aircraft delivered by war's end. As such, they left a very limited footprint on the Italian war effort - despite having fought with both Axis and Allied sides in the war

    The Reggiane concern ("Officine Meccaniche Reggiane SpA") operated under the banner of parent company Caproni and was headquartered out of Reggio Emilia in north-central Italy. Founded in 1901, it still maintains operations in the machinery field today (though as "Reggiane Cranes and Plants SpA").

    Reggiane Engineers Roberto Longhi and Antonio Alessio were credited with the work that brought about an earlier form of the Reggiane Re.2001 known as the Reggiane "Re.2000". This low-wing monoplane aircraft with enclosed cockpit first flew in May of 1939 and was introduced in 1940 while being produced in over 180 examples. However, the aircraft was deemed unsatisfactory for use by the Regia Aeronautica and therefore originally sold through as export products to both Hungary and Sweden.

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    Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II (Falcon II) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1941
    Type: Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
    National Origin: Kingdom of Italy
    Manufacturer(s): Reggiane - Italy
    Production Total: 237

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 27.43 feet (8.36 meters)
    Width: 36.09 feet (11.00 meters)
    Height: 10.33 feet (3.15 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 5,512 lb (2,500 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 7,231 lb (3,280 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Alfa-Romeo RA 1000 RC 41-la Monsone (Daimler-Benz DB 601 A-1) 12-cylinder Vee liquid-cooled inline engine developing 1,175 horsepower.

    Maximum Speed: 350 mph (563 kph; 304 knots)
    Maximum Range: 684 miles (1,100 km)
    Service Ceiling: 36,089 feet (11,000 meters; 6.84 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 2,591 feet-per-minute (790 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    2 x 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns in upper engine cowling.
    2 x 7.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns in wings

    2 x 20mm MG 151 cannons in underwing pods.

    1 x 220lb or 500lb drop bomb under fuselage centerline.

    Global Operators / Customers

    Kingdom of Italy

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    Re.2001 - Base series designation; covered two prototypes.

    Re.2001 (Serie I) - Standard fighter form

    Re.2001 CB - Fighter-bomber form

    Re.2001 OR (Serie II) - Proposed naval carrier variant.

    Re.2001 CN (Serie III) - Night fighter variant; 2 x 20mm armament underwing.

    Re.2001 CN (Serie IV) - Night fighter variant; 2 x 20mm armament underwing.

    Re.2001 G/H - Prototype torpedo bomber; two examples completed.

    Re.2001 G/V - Updated fighter-bomber form; limited production and service.

    Re.2001 "Delta" - Prototype fitted with Isotta-Fraschini Delta RC 16/48 engine; 100 on order cancelled.

    Re.2001bis - Prototype