Re.2000 serie 1
|This page is about the Italian fighter Re.2000 serie 1. For the other version, see Re.2000 G.A..|
The Re.2000 serie 1 is a rank II Italian fighter with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.77 "Advancing Storm".
This Italian plane is best used as an energy fighter and can be a very good start to learn how to use Italian planes.
The plane climbs and dives very well, it can reach a high speed quickly, but like every Italian plane in this rank, controls will be stiff above 500 km/h (310 mph) IAS.
The best performance is between 400 to 500 km/h (248 to 310 mph) IAS, but in level flight the max speed is 450 km/h IAS.
To be in the above-mentioned speed range, climb up to 3,000 meters, and then dive onto the enemy. If the enemy is more than 2 km below, cut your throttle to 0% and only increase once at the same altitude as the enemy and started to losing speed. Diving or climbing straight at a 90-degree angle will cause the engine to shut down due to fuel cut-off.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 5,300 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)|
|< 350||< 350||< 380||> 200|
Survivability and armour
- No Armor Protection
- Self-Sealing Fuel Tanks
Modifications and economy
The Re.2000 serie 1 is armed with:
- 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)
Usage in battles
The Re.2000 Series 1 is an air superiority aircraft, it can be used as an energy fighter or as a dogfighter. Once spawned in battle, it has a good acceleration when using the WEP but the engine in WEP overheats very quickly. Thanks to the structure of the aircraft, it can dive without problem at high speeds, making it excellent for boom and zoom fights. With its combat flaps, it can turn quickly, making it capable of fighting in a turnfight. Its 12.7 mm SAFAT MGs are excellent against light and armoured enemy aircraft. In combat, it does not have problems of energy retention or speed. In the end it is a fighter capable of fighting in any situation without having too many downsides.
Once in game, climb up to 3,000 m and start gaining speed. If the enemy is at the same altitude, dodge any attempt at a head on, and try to out-turn/out-climb them.
If an enemy is below, dive down and attack. If you overshoot them, conduct a yo-yo manoeuvre to get back on their tail.
Some enemies to be concerned about are:
- Spitfires: The early versions carrying eight machine guns in their wings
- P-26: Especially the version that carries the M2 Brownings.
- Any Biplane: Most of these are very good turners. They can earn back speed after multiple turns very quickly, so in a dogfight, the Re.2000 might feel sluggish. Don't get baited into these turn fights and instead use the speed/climb to fly away towards an advantageous position to attack.
When going against the Re.2000 serie 1, one will find head-ons effective against a Re.2000 since it only has two 12.7s machine guns. If you're in a head-on against one, shoot a small burst, and escape with a barrel roll. If one is on your six, either run away at high speed or make some speed costly manoeuvres, and turn onto his six. Never try to follow one in a climb, and if one is diving on you, you can dodge it easily due to its control stiffening and average roll rate.
Manual Engine Control
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|Separate|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- Great climb rate (20+ m/s)
- Great at energy fighting
- Good at dogfighting (some enemy aircraft still can destroy you easily)
- Good acceleration (capable of 700 km/h (435 mph) in a dive)
- Good turn rate, amazing at 400-500 km/h (248-310 mph)
- Full manual engine control + propeller feathering
- No armour (better performance than G.A. model)
- Very good acceleration
- Short distance to take off
- Good multirole fighter (good in any battle condition except shooting down armored ground units)
- Good flap resistance
- Has no problem fighting at high altitude
- Good retention of energy
- Good stall speed (below 45 km/h)
- Average speed (450 km/h IAS)
- Average roll rate at any speed
- Underwhelming performance of the 2 x 12.7 Breda-SAFAT machine guns
- Low ammunition count for machine guns (only 600 rounds total)
- Overheats easily, even with 100% radiators, can only WEP for a few seconds before the engine overheats and destroys itself
- Sensitive to battle damage (damage will usually result in the aircraft catching fire)
- No armour (more vulnerable than G.A model)
- No Payload (the Re.2000 G.A. has payload)
The first project of the Reggiane design office was the Re.2000 which was designed by Italian engineers Alessio and Longhi. The first test flight was flown by Mario de Bernardi in 1939. With a superior engine in comparison to the FIAT powered MC.200, it was thought to be at least as manoeuvrable as the Bf 109 E in comparative trials, though the positioning of the fuel tank in an unarmored wing centre section was found to be a fatal drawback and thus it was not accepted into Italian service, however, the Re.2000 was sold to both Sweden and Hungary to complement their air forces. During 1940, the Italian Navy ordered a modified version for carrier use with a Piaggio P.XI bis engine and structural strengthening for catapult launching and carrier landings.
Hungary bought 70 Re.2000s and built another 192. Sweden bought 60, where they stayed in service until 1946. Britain had actually put in an order for 300, as well, before the onset of war prevented it. Those few of the 188 that were built by the Reggiane company that were not sold to other countries were used by an Italian squadron on Sicily in 1941/42, or converted for catapult use.
- Related development
- Thompson, Jonathan W., Italian Civil and Military Aircraft 1930-1945, Aero Publishers, Los Angeles (1963), 304 pages.
|Reggiane Mechanical Factory (Officine Meccaniche Reggiane SpA)|
|Fighters||Re.2000 serie 1 · Re.2000 G.A.|
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|Re.2005 serie 0|
|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|
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|Britain||▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop|