|This page is about the Italian fighter C. 205N2. For other versions, see C.205 (Family).|
The C. 205N2 is a rank IV Italian fighter with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB) and 4.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica".
The C.205N, also known as the "Orione" ("Orion"), was a development of the C.205V "Veltro" to bring more firepower and higher altitude into the aircraft's performance.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,700 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)|
|< 240||< 180||< 330||> 190|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|5,800 m||1,232 hp||1,387 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 8 mm Steel plating behind pilot
- 50 mm bullet-proof glass
Modifications and economy
The C. 205N2 is armed with:
- 1 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon, nose-mounted (250 rpg)
- 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, wing-mounted (250 rpg = 500 total)
- 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 800 total)
The two of the cannons are each mounted in wing. A single 20 mm cannon is mounted in the nose of the aircraft, firing through the propeller hub. The two machine guns are nose mounted, positioned between the pilot and the engine of the aircraft. If fired continuously, the wing mounted cannons will run out of ammunition before the nose-mounted cannon.
Usage in battles
The C.205N2 belongs to the select few planes who are good for Boom and Zoom as well as turnfighting, it is an extremely balanced multi-role aircraft. It should be played neither at low altitude nor at high altitude, but in-between at medium altitude. It has no problem dealing with all other fighters at its BR (4.7), due to its ability to retain energy well. It can hold its own against Bf109s, Fw190s and P-51s. It can fight well against Spitfires (with some skill on the pilot's part).
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|Separate|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- High roll rate
- Good firepower
- Good Acceleration, top speed and climb rate
- Short turn radius
- Good energy retention in BnZ
- High structural strength
- Lots of ammunition
- Aircraft cooling is very efficient even in hot maps
- Roll rate deteriorates and control surfaces stiffen beyond 600 km/h (373 mph)
- Loses its manoeuvrability at low speed
The C.205N2 was a further development of the C.205V Veltro, Macchi engineers tried to perfect the C.205V design and they developed the "Orione" variant with 2 different prototypes: the new variants got increased firepower and high-altitude performance. To achieve this, the engineers made the fuselage longer and increased the wingspan of the aircraft and in the second prototype they have adapted the fuselage for a 20 mm cannon within the engine shaft.
The first prototype C.205N1 (MM.499) flew on 1 November 1942 by Guido Carestiato to be later sent to Guidonia Experimental Centre for official evaluation in a fighter competition. After it, the Macchi engineers built the second variant: the C.205N2 (MM.500) was flown 19 May 1943 by Lonate Pozzolo, later also flying to Guidonia for military acceptance testing.
The first prototype C.205N1 was not accepted because the armament was not compliance with official specifications by the Tender Committee, the Macchi C.205N1 armament was armed with one 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon mounted in the fuselage and firing through the hollow hub of the propeller, and four 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns. Meanwhile, the C.205N2 has a pair of wing-mounted 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons instead of the original 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns and a 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon within the engine block.
However, as the war in the Mediterranean was drawing to a close and resources dwindling, the project failed to influence the outcome of the war as it never left prototype stage.
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- [Vehicle Profile] Macchi C.205N2 Orione - “Rome’s Shooting Star”
- Official data sheet - more details about the performance
|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|