Re.2001 gruppo 22

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Description

The Re.2001 serie 1 gruppo 22 is a premium rank II Italian fighter with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 450 m545 km/h
Turn time18 s
Max altitude11 000 m
EngineAlfa Romeo R.A.1000 RC.41
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight3 t

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 a swallow 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. With its excellent structure, it is able to reach a top speed of 760 km/h in a dive and surprisingly it does not suffer from the reduction in manoeuvrability due to the high speed. It is not recommended keeping the WEP for a long time as the aircraft is not very cooled and could overheat in a short time.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,450 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 525 508 11000 18.9 19.4 12.6 12.6 155
Upgraded 567 545 17.2 18.0 20.2 15.9

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 + -
740 320 455 420 250 ~13 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 350 < 350 < 420 > 312

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural740 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • 8 mm steel - Pilot's seat
  • 8 mm steel - Behind pilot
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (below pilot)

The Re.2001 gruppo 22 is a very solid fighter and resistant to fires. Its fuselage can withstand rifle-calibre MG fire. Unfortunately, this aircraft is not equipped with bulletproof glass, which makes it very disadvantageous in frontal attack.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 770 Sl icon.png
RB3 900 Sl icon.png
SB310 Sl icon.png
Crew training4 700 Sl icon.png
Experts32 000 Sl icon.png
Aces180 Ge icon.png
Research Aces380 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 40 / 140 / 190 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 118 / 118 / 118 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Engine injection
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Airframe
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Cover
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Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition700 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min
Ammunition1 200 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min

The Re.2001 gruppo 22 is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, -mounted (350 rpg = 700 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, -mounted (600 rpg = 1,200 total)

For belts, it is recommended to use standard bullets for the 7.7 mm MGs and tracer bullets for the 12.7 mm MGs.

Usage in battles

The Re.2001 gruppo 22 is a fairly easy aircraft to operate. It is an airplane more focused on energy fighting, but with the right conditions it is able to give an excellent turnfighting airplane, being able to keep up with more manoeuvrable aircraft such as Spitfires. Being a very balanced aircraft, it adapts to the playstyle of almost every player, it is recommended to take altitude and stay in the medium-low altitude range.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pro:

  • Very good acceleration
  • Short take off distance
  • Very good structural resistance 
  • Good climb rate
  • Lots of ammunition
  • Very good as energy fighter but also good at low altitude
  • Good retention of combat speed and energy 
  • Flaps have a high rip speed 

Cons:

  • Very bad engine cooling, it overheats after a short while
  • Total absence of bulletproof glass, disadvantage in frontal attack
  • When it reaches a certain speed begins to stagger to the left and right, many difficulties in aiming

History

Development

The Re.2001 fighter biplane was developed by Roberto Longhi, an Italian aeronautic engineer, who designed various planes such as the Re.2000, Re.2001, Re.2002, Re.2003, Re.2004 and many others. During the production of the Re.2000, Roberto Longhi started to design a new plane with a powerful engine and after it will become the Re.2001.

The first flight of the Re.2001 took place between 22 and 24 June 1940 specifically the first prototype MM.409, later many variants were built and after the armistice of Italy, were used on both sides by both the RSI and Italy Co-belligerent Air Force. The Re.2001 participated the War on Malta, the Mediterranean theatre and the air defense of RSI.

the Re.2001 Serie I has an Alfa Romeo R.A.1000 RC.41 that gives very good performances in flight with a good acceleration and a good speed of the airplane of 543 km/h at 5470 meters of altitude but had problems of reliability the engine because it could overheat too much and damage the engine, the airplane as armament has two 12,7 mm Breda-SAFAT and two 7,7 mm Breda SAFAT.

the Re.2001 was used by Italy and Germany.

22°Gruppo

Re.2001 22°Gruppo during air surveillance

From its full name "22°Gruppo Autonomo caccia terrestre", 22nd autonomous group, the 22° Gruppo was born in July 1918 and fought during WW2 on the Eastern front from 29 July 1941 until March 1942, then returned on 4 May 1942 where at the end of June the Group received the first Re.2001 (at the beginning Re.2001 CB and some Re.2001 Serie I). After receiving these aircraft, the 22° Gruppo participated in the aeronaval war in the Mediterranean. After this, the 22°Gruppo fought during the Air Defence of Italy and at the end of the Second World War was renamed Gruppo Intercettori and integrated to the 51° Stormo.

Media

Images

See also

Other Reggiane planes

External links


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.2002 Early
  Re.2005 serie 0
Export  J20

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

Italy premium aircraft
Fighters  CR.32 bis · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · Re.2001 gruppo 22 · IAR-81C · ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · ▄Bf 109 G-2 · G.55S
Twin-engine fighters  ▄Bf 110 G-4 · Ro.57 Quadriarma
Jet fighters  G.91 R/4
Attackers  Hs 129 B-2 (Romania)