C. 200 serie 7
|This page is about the Italian fighter C. 200 serie 7. For other variants, see C.200 (Family).|
The C. 200 Saetta serie 7 is a rank I Italian fighter with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB) and 2.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica", but a variant existed in the German tech tree prior to the update.
The Macchi 200 is a standard fighter of the Italian air tree. It is moderately armed for its tier, consisting of two 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns firing through the propeller arcs. an The M.C 200 is a fairly typical pre-war Italian design, Moderate speed combined with good rates of turning, and high speed tolerance, while maintaining good controls at all speeds. Furthermore, the MC 200 is a capable climber, easily matching a lot of planes that it will regularly meet in its battle rating range. It is fairly though, capable of taking hits and return to the airfield for repairs. However it does have its issues as well, most notably the poor engine power which results in poor acceleration and, much like all Italian designs, it suffers from poor armament as well, although given the lower battle rating then the Folgore, this is less of an issue. Furthermore, as of 1.55, its payload is not modeled, so it does not carry bombs, meaning it is a poor ground attacker. Being only able to harm soft Ground targets.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 400||< 270||< 550||> 300|
Survivability and armour
- No armour
- Self-sealing fuel tanks (1 underneath the machine guns, 1 underneath pilot and 1 behind pilot)
Modifications and economy
The C. 200 serie 7 is armed with:
- 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (370 rpg = 740 total)
Usage in battles
In general it is recommended to climb as much as you can before engaging, a good 3,000-4,000 m is important, for it can be used to get some extra speed once needed. For Combat, it can engage in a wide array of moves, the decent energy retention and high speeds it can attain, about 800 kph, before it begins to red-line, means it can be used for Boom & Zoom, or to get away. Furthermore its a good turn-fighter, it out-turns a lot of planes it faces, exception being biplanes and Japanese aircraft. However take care, the engine is not the most powerful, and accelerating is problematic. So it is important to watch the speed carefully in combat. This becomes especially important as the engine is also quite prone to overheat when WEP is engaged, though it cools fairly quickly on 100%.
For the armament, the same applies to all other Italian aircraft; generally you want to use "Omni-Purpose Belts", they have that kinetic energy that you deserve to kill enemy planes and the " I- Incendiary" shell that works better than the IAI in terms of setting enemy on fire due to the fact that IAI aren't well modelled in-game. Shell velocity is low, hence they suffer above 300 meters, so only fire at or below that range for best effects. Furthermore, much like the other Italian fighters the armament is woefully inadequate to deal with bombers, hence it is best to avoid them entirely, or focus on taking out the engines. Only exception are the very early biplane bombers, such as Swordfish, Po-2 and the likes.
Manual Engine Control
Not auto controlled
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|Separate|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- Very nimble
- Can turn on-par/better than other monoplanes
- Great visibility from cockpit
- Sub-par weapons
- Low top-speed
A single-engine fighter with retractable landing gear.
The M.C.200, soon nicknamed the Saetta ("Lightning"), was created in 1937 as an interceptor, designed to ""protect our national territory in case of need"". The plane was used until about 1943 as an escort plane and a ground attack fighter. It was particularly active in the North African theater, where the Saetta was highly prized in the desert conditions for its rugged construction and manueverability.
In combat, the Saetta's most dangerous opponent was the Hurricane. The M.C.200 was inferior to the Hurricane in terms of maximum speed, but it had superior maneuverability, turning radius and rate of climb. The Saetta had a radial 14-cylinder A.74 RC38 engine (870 hp). Its armament consisted of two 12.7-mm SAFAT machine guns. Later, the fighter was fitted to carry eight 15-kg bombs.
Modifications of the M.C.200 had no major changes in equipment. The M.C.200 series 3 could carry additional fuel tanks. From start to finish of its production, the aircraft's payload capacity was increased from 429 to 522 kg."
- Related development
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
|Macchi Aeronautics (Macchi Aeronautica)|
|Fighters||C. 200 serie 3 · C. 200 serie 7|
|C. 202 · C. 202EC|
|C. 205 serie 1 · C. 205 serie 3 · C. 205N2|
|Captured||▀C. 200 serie 3 · ▀C. 200 serie 7 · ▀C. 202|
|Fiat||CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater · CR.42 · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN|
|G.50 serie 2 · G.50 AS serie 7 · G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 serie 1 · G.55S · G.56|
|Reggiane||Re.2000 G.A. · Re.2000 serie 1 · Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 gruppo 22 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN · Re.2002 Early · Re.2005 serie 0|
|Macchi||C. 200 serie 3 · C. 200 serie 7 · C. 202 · C. 202EC · C. 205 serie 1 · C. 205 serie 3 · C. 205N2|
|Germany||▄Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS|
|Britain||▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop|