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Reggiane RE.2005 Sagittario

The last model in the series was the excellent Re.2005 Sagittario (Archer). The wings were improved and enlarged, with new landing gear and heavy armament of 3 20mm cannon and 2 12.7mm machine guns. The first prototype was ready in December 1941, but lacked the engine for 4 months from Germany (the Daimler Benz inline). The first flight was on 5/9/42 , after the MC.205 and G.55 had both flown. The Re.2005 was fast and maneuverable and used the Fiat 1,475 hp inline license built version of the Daimler-Benz DB 605 engine. Maximum speed was 391 mph, a service ceiling of 40,000 ft and a range of 786 miles. However, only 29 were built.

The Re.2005’s operational career began in May 1943 with the 362nd Squadriglia and used to defend Sicily and Italy against Allied bombers until 8/26/43. After the armistice, the Germans seized 13 and used them to defend the Romanian oil fields.

Specifications
Model Reggiane Re 2005 Sagittario
Max Speed 678 Km/h
Ceiling 12,000 m
Range 1,250 km
Horsepower 1,475 hp
Wingspan 11 m
Crew 1
Length 8.73m
Height 3.15m
Weight 2,600 Kg
Max Weight 3,610 Kg
Engine Fiat RA.1050 RC 58 Tifone (license-built Daimler-Benz DB 605A-1) V-12 inline liquid-cooled piston
Armament Two 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns with 350 rounds each in upper engine cowling. One 20 mm Mauser MG 151 cannon with 150 rounds firing through propellor hub. Two 20 mm Mauser MG 151 cannon with 200 rounds each in wings. Up to 2,200 lb / 1,000 kg bomb or fuel tank under fuselage. Two wing hardpoints for 353 lb / 160 kg of bombs or fuel tanks.

Article by JDG

Sources:
Complete Book of World War II Combat Aircraft (Documents of History)
In the Skies of Europe: Air Forces Allied to the Luftwaffe 1939-1945
Jane’s Fighting Aircraft of WWII, Military Press, 1989.
The Encyclopedia of Weapons: From World War II to the Present Day
Illustrated Directory of Fighting Aircraft of World War II
K. G. Munson, Enemy Aircraft (German and Italian) of World War II, Ian Allen, 1960.
Jonathon Thompson, Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-45, Aero, 1960.
William Green, Warplanes of the Second World War (10 vol.), Doubleday, 1960-68.
Nico Sgarlato, Italian Aircraft of World War II, Squadron/Signal Publications, 1979.
Giorgio Apostolo, Reggiane Re 2001, La Bancarella Aeronautica, 1996.
John Brindley, Caproni Regianne Re 2001 Falco II, Re 2002 Ariete & Re 2005
Sagittaro, Squadron/Signal Publications, 1973
Gianni Cattaneo, The Regianne 2000, Doubleday, 1970.

Comments

  1. Most refined Italian fighter of the war. This made it less suitable for mass production however. Very very few built.
    Not many fighters could dive with it at 610 mph. Pilots unaccustomed to the ample rudder experienced some dramatic vibrations.
    It could do 421 mph level speed (low and high).
    It could out-turn Spitfires. Out-gun them too(except perhaps the 4-cannon model)!
    Not as robust as a Macchi or Fiat, so primitive airstrips could be dicey.

  2. aidan easton australia says:

    this is good info im doing an assignment in graphics on this and we have to make this model and have info on it thx