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Reggiane Re.2000 Falco I (Falcon I)


Single-Seat Monoplane Fighter Aircraft (1940)


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The Italian Reggiane Re.2000 monoplane fighter was initially delivered via export to Hungary and Sweden.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/31/2017 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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The Reggiane 2000 series of aircraft was very reminiscent of American interwar designs appearing between 1930 and 1940. The Reggiane maintained a stout profile centered around a large engine, rounded edge wings and traditional construction overall. When mated to the German-designed Daimler-Benz 605 series engine, the Reggiane 2005 model was a match for Allied fighters.

This particular Italian aircraft design began as the Re.2000 "Falco" ("Falcon") and was drawn up in 1937. Some limited production examples were put into service with the Italian Navy though other branches paid little attention to the system. The Re.2000 came online as a traditional monoplane fighter design and featured large center-positioned cockpit canopy taking up most of the upper fuselage length. The enlarged engine area gave the Re.2000 the appearance of a portly fighter yet the system would later be capable of speed in excess of 390 miles per hour. Armament (Re.2005) consisted of an impressive array of cannons and machine guns with 3 x 20mm MG151 series cannons and 2 x 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT heavy caliber machine guns in the upper engine cowlings. To round out the features, the Reggiane design also featured a retractable undercarriage. The Re.2005 differed substantially in outward design and appeared with more of an aerodynamic flavor of contemporary aircraft designs.
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As partners in crime so often do, Reggiane was offered by Germany the opportunity to trial some Re.2001 designs with the DB 601 inline engines. As successful as the trials were, however, the engines were needed en mass for the German war effort. As a result the DB 601 was accepted for license production under the Alfa Romeo label. By the time of the Re.2005's inception, the DB 605 was being produced by Alfa Romeo and would make the Re.2005 regarded as the most capable of fighter designs built by the Italians in the entire conflict.

By the end of their run, Reggiane Re.2000 series fighters were being used principally as defensive fighters over Italian-held land. As more and more territories fell to the advancing Allies, the Re.2000 series models were grounded from service with a handful of Italian pilots knowingly (and unknowingly) still serving their cause.

Specifications



Service Year
1940

Origin
Kingdom of Italy national flag graphic
Kingdom of Italy

Crew
1

Production
182
UNITS


Reggiane - Italy
National flag of modern Germany National flag of Nazi Germany National flag of Hungary National flag of Italy National flag of the Kingdom of Italy National flag of Sweden Nazi Germany; Hungary; Kingdom of Italy; Sweden
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Air-to-Air Combat, Fighter
General ability to actively engage other aircraft of similar form and function, typically through guns, missiles, and/or aerial rockets.


Length
26.2 ft
(7.99 m)
Width/Span
36.1 ft
(11.00 m)
Height
10.5 ft
(3.20 m)
Empty Wgt
4,630 lb
(2,100 kg)
MTOW
6,614 lb
(3,000 kg)
Wgt Diff
+1,984 lb
(+900 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Reggiane Re.2000 Falco I (Falcon I) production variant)
Installed: 1 x Piaggio P.XI RC40 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine developing 986 horsepower.
Max Speed
329 mph
(530 kph | 286 kts)
Ceiling
36,745 ft
(11,200 m | 7 mi)
Range
339 mi
(545 km | 1,009 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
3,280 ft/min
(1,000 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Reggiane Re.2000 Falco I (Falcon I) production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
STANDARD:
2 x 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns in upper engine cowlings.


Supported Types


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Graphical image of an aircraft heavy machine gun


(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 0


Re.2000 "Falco 1" (Falcon) - Prototype Re.2000 Model Designation; single example.
Re.2000 Serie I - Initial Production Model; 157 examples produced.
Re.2000 Serie II - Second Production Model; also produced in Hungary under license as the Hejja ("Hawk"); navy catapult version with arrestor gear; fitted with Piaggo P.XIbis engine of 1,025 horsepower.
Re.2000 Serie III - Long Range Fighter; increased fuel capacity over Serie I.
Hejja I - Hungary license production model of the Serie I.
Hejja II - Hungary license production model of the Series I; fitted with WMK 14 series engine of 986 horsepower; 2 x 12.7mm Gebauer machine guns.


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