|This page is about the Italian fighter Re.2001 CN. For other uses, see Re.2001 (Family).|
The Re.2001 CN is a rank III Italian fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB), 3.0 (RB), and 2.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic". It provides a notable upgrade over the previous models with the inclusion of two MG 151/20 (20 mm) cannons mounted in the wings in place of the underwhelming 7.7 mm Breda-SAFATs.
The Re.2001 CN provides an overall smooth flying experience, with a competitive turn rate, solid all-altitude performance, good elevator authority, moderate climb rate and powerful armament. However, the Falco II is plagued by several critical weaknesses. Its speed is quite lacking when compared to contemporary fighters like the Bf 109s, Spitfires, and most American fighters you will encounter. It also has a relatively weak airframe and large, easy to hit fuel tanks.
In short, the Falco is a plane which requires an able and smart pilot in order to make the most out of it, but when used correctly, it can be a fearful machine.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 5,450 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||< 420||> 312|
Survivability and armour
- 8 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
- 8 mm Steel - Armoured plate behind the pilot
- 50 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured windscreen
- Critical components located at the front of aircraft (pilot, engine, controls)
- More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage
- Fuel tank in the fuselage behind the pilot
Modifications and economy
The stock Breda-SAFAT belts are very poor, containing mostly ball ammunition which is relatively useless, so be sure to upgrade those first. The belts for the Breda's themselves are quite good, but the potential damage is limited by the low muzzle velocity and poor ballistics beyond 300 meters. The most important modules are Engine injection, 20 mm belts/cannons, Engine, Compressor, Wings repair then the survivability modules to help remedy the weak airframe of the Falco II.
The Re.2001 CN is armed with:
- 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons, wing-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
- 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (350 rpg = 700 total)
(ammunition: 0 rounds)
The Re.2001 CN can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 1 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb (250 kg total)
Usage in battles
The Re.2001 is a very manoeuvrable plane with decent performance at all altitudes. The great MG 151's, respectable climb rate, and good high altitude performance allow it to be an effective interceptor, but due to its ability to mount a single 250 kg bomb, it can be a fighter bomber that can drop its payload and then join the furball as a regular fighter. Generally speaking, don't use the Breda-SAFAT's as main weapons, as they have very poor ballistics from farther than 300 meters. To make effective use of the Breda's, use them as scouting weapons to line up shots with your MG 151, as using as little 20 mm rounds as possible to destroy a plane is very important due to the low ammo count.
Be sure to avoid Spitfires and Yak's at low altitudes as they are the kings of dogfighting below 3,000 meters. If one attempts to fight you above 4,000 meters, either make use of their weak airframes and low speed at altitude to Boom-&-Zoom them or try to take a risk and turn fight them. The main reason the Re.2001 can turn fight with Spitfires and Yaks is due to its already good manoeuvrability made better by its combat flaps and decent rudder. The most common ones you will encounter are Spitfire Mk Ia and Mk IIa's and Yak-1's, Yak-7's and early Yak-9's.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|Separate|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- Solid all-altitude performance
- Twin MG 151's with access to the dreaded minengeschoβ round
- Responsive elevator
- 50 mm bulletproof glass
- Good turn rate
- Respectable climb rate
- Can mount a 250 kg bomb for Ground-Pounding duties
- Lucrative matchmaking for its potential
- Good energy retention
- R.A.1000 is basically a more powerful and reliable DB 601
- Small target
- Decent roll rate at intermediate speeds
- Solid high-speed manoeuvrability
- Can remain competitive when up-tiered
- Has combat flaps, unlike some of its rivals
- 12.7 mm machine guns have a slow fire rate, and are almost useless at >300 m
- Cannons are mounted in the wings, resulting in significant convergence.
- Low cannon ammo count
- Much too slow, even when spaded; can be outrun by almost any fighter at its BR
- Large, easy to hit fuel tanks
- Engine is vulnerable to damage
- Weak airframe
The Reggiane Re.2001 was designed to be a replacement for the failed Re.2000, and did away with the weak Piaggio P.IX radial, in favour of a new, more powerful R.A.1000RC.41-1a Inline (which was a fiat built, more powerful and reliable DB 601A, the same engine used in the early BF 109's). Other than the engine and shape of the nose, there were no real notable changes between the Falco I and Falco II. The Falco II retained a fairly similar fuselage and even kept the entire tail unit. While considered to be equal to the Macchi MC.202, the MC.202 had the first call on the R.A.1000, and the Re.2001 was delayed by several design changes the Italian army insisted on, giving the MC.202 almost a full year head-start on its rival, leading to more Macchi fighters being produced than Reggiane fighters.
Despite its late introduction and production issues, it received a mostly positive reception from the Italian pilots, as it was proven to be a thorn in the side of Spitfire and Hurricane pilots. Jack Rae, the best New Zealand Spitfire pilot, exclaimed that the Re.2001 he encountered was a surprisingly dangerous opponent, saying that he almost "spun off" twice while trying to pursue him and found it hard to get an excellent shot on the Italian plane.
The CN variant was a Night Fighter and Fighter Bomber able to mount an optional payload of 640 kg's and fitted with two Mauser MG 151/20's in gondolas under the wings and was primarily used in defence of Italian cities.
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.
- [Devblog] Reggiane Re.2001 CN: The Black Falcon
- Official data sheet - more details about the performance
|Reggiane Mechanical Factory (Officine Meccaniche Reggiane SpA)|
|Fighters||Re.2000 serie 1 · Re.2000 G.A.|
|Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 gruppo 22 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN|
|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|
|Germany||▄Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS|
|Britain||▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop|