G.55 sottoserie 0

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This page is about the Italian fighter G.55 sottoserie 0. For other versions, see G.55 serie 1 and G.55S.
G.55 sottoserie 0
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G.55 sottoserie 0
AB RB SB
4.3 4.0 4.3
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Description

The G.55 sottoserie 0 is a rank III Italian fighter with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB/SB) and 4.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica" alongside the initial Italian aviation tree.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 500 m638 km/h
Turn time20 s
Max altitude10 000 m
EngineDaimler-Benz DB-605A
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight4 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,500 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 616 600 10000 20.9 21.5 13.3 13.3 300
Upgraded 662 638 19.1 20.0 20.6 16.5

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
840 260 437 408 260 ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 400 < 420 < 450 > 715
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,700 m 1,260 hp 1,398 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural840 km/h
Gear260 km/h
  • 8 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
  • 50 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured windscreen
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (pilot, engine, controls)
  • Fuel tanks located in wings
  • Fuel tank in the fuselage behind the pilot

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 500 → 1 909 Sl icon.png
RB4 300 → 5 473 Sl icon.png
SB3 090 → 3 933 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications29 800 Rp icon.png
66 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training39 000 Sl icon.png
Experts140 000 Sl icon.png
Aces590 Ge icon.png
Research Aces360 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
50 / 120 / 210 % Sl icon.png
148 / 148 / 148 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
1 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 300 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
1 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 300 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 200 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 200 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
3 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 100 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
3 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 100 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
safat12_belt_pack
Research:
1 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 300 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
MCGP50
Research:
1 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 300 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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safat12_new_gun
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
mg15120_belt_pack
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 200 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
MCSAP100
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 200 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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mg15120_new_gun
Research:
3 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 100 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition250 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min
Ammunition1 200 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min

The G.55 sottoserie 0 is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, nose-mounted (250 rpg)
  • 4 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (300 rpg = 1,200 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups2
List of setups
Setup 12 x 50 kg GP 50 bomb
Setup 22 x 100 kg GP 100T bomb

The G.55 sottoserie 0 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (100 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (200 kg total)

Usage in battles

The G.55's main strong points come down to its engine power, its light construction and its wing profile, which grant it a high sustained rate of climb, a tight turning circle and the power output to endure sustained horizontal manoeuvring. It performs best up to medium altitudes around 5,000 m (16,404 feet), after which it is generally outperformed by its competition. unfortunately, its light construction and its wing profile mean that when the Centauro goes into the vertical, it bleeds speed very easily. Its top speed in a dive is unimpressive and it can barely catch up in a zoom climb with its competitors. The armament is very effective as well, however, the MG 151 is not very accurate at range, which should be taken into account when engaging in head-on passes.

You should primarily enforce an energy fighting flying style to take advantage of the aircraft's descent energy retention and solid manoeuvrability, and also to try to cover the Centauro's weakness of mediocre speed. Try to stay above your enemy, but take care to recognize the threat your attacker poses by observing the plane they are flying.

Specific enemies worth noting

  • Spitfire F Mk IX and Spitfire F Mk XIVe. These two Spitfires are some of the most common enemies you will face, and accordingly, some of the most dangerous. The Mk IX has decent speed, amazing climb rate and a turn rate that'll embarrass zeroes, and the XIVe has excellent speed and acceleration, great energy retention and solid performance at high altitude. You should never engage a Spitfire in a turn-fight, so focus on Boom-&-Zoom to use your powerful armament to shred through their weak airframes.
  • P-51D-30. The P-51D-30 is another enemy you should take note of. It is arguably one of the best 4.7/5.0 aircraft thanks to its excellent speed, great climb rate, relatively powerful armament and solid high-speed manoeuvrability due to its Laminar flow wings. The Packard V-1650 is basically a Merlin engine tuned for high altitude, and it can propel the D-30 to speeds the G.55 can only dream of. However, the D-30 has extremely poor manoeuvrability at low speeds due to the same Laminar flow wings that allow it to turn well at high speeds, so if you cannot engage one with an energy advantage you can turn-fight it.
  • Yak-3P. The feared red Russian menace is an extremely dangerous opponent that can engage you on a more than even footing. It turns extremely well and has a solid climb rate while also sporting a relatively powerful set of 3 B-20 cannons, but its performance suffers above 3,000 m where its already mediocre speed becomes crippling. As long as you take care to not turn fight one and engage it above 4,000 m, it is not a threat.
  • Late Bf 109s. While you cannot face one in realistic battles, arcade battles pose this threat. The G-2 and G-6 outclass you in every way, shape and form. Under no circumstances are you to engage these opponents, and if one forces a fight on you, seek assistance from teammates.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful armament and large ammunition pool, superior to Bf 109 F-4 and Bf 109 G-2/trop when stock, and placed at the nose like P-38 Lightning series for successful head-on attacks
  • Quite agile thanks to the DB 605 engine
  • Can be used as fighter-bomber when needed
  • Exceptional diving performance, combined with centre-mounted armament allows for exceptional Boom & Zoom tactics

Cons:

  • The .50 cal Breda-SAFAT are notorious for woeful firepower past 300 m and inferior when compared to the M2 Browning
  • Inferior flight performance over C.205 serie 3 despite similar battle rating and the same engine
  • Mediocre roll rate
  • Slower speed than any Allied or Axis fighter in its battle rating

History

Powerful, fast and sturdy, the G.55 was considered an unbeatable interceptor at high altitude. The second of the "Serie 5" or third-generation Italian wartime fighters with the DB 605 engine, 30 were in service at the time of the 1943 Armistice, and Fascist forces continued to use the 150 still in their possession until the end of the war.

Six hundred were supposed to have been built by Fiat, along with 250 Macchi M.C. 205s and 750 Reggiane Re. 2005s, but the armistice ended those plans. The Fiat design was faster than the Macchi at high altitude, and it was more powerfully armed as well. It was considered sturdier, but slower and less maneuverable compared to the Reggiane design. The 353rd Squadron took it operational in June, 1943.

After the war, production resumed, with Argentina and Syria buying the model. It continued in Italian service for several years.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Fiat Aviation (Fiat Aviazione)
Attacker  F.C.20 Bis
Fighters  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
Jet fighters  G.91 pre-serie · G.91 R/1 · G.91 YS
  ▄F-86K*
  ▄F-104G* · F-104S*
Bombers  B.R.20DR · B.R.20M M1
Export  J11
  ▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4 · G.91 R/4
Captured  ▀CR.42 · ▀Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · ▀G.50 serie 2 · ▀G.50 AS serie 7
  *Licensed
See also  North American Aviation · Lockheed Martin

Italy fighters
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
  Foreign:
Germany  ▄Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS
Britain  ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop
Romania  IAR-81C