Z.1007 bis serie 3

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Z.1007 bis serie 3
z_1007_bis_serie3.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.7/2.7/3.0BR
6 peopleCrew
13.1 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
3 х Piaggio P.XI. R.C. 40Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
530 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Scotti machine gunTurret
350 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gunTurret
350 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun2 х Turret
500 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
18 x 50 kg GP 50 bombSetup 1
18 x 100 kg GP 100 bombSetup 2
1 x 450 mm F200/450x5.45 torpedoSetup 3
12 x 100 kg GP 100 bomb
4 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb
Setup 4
6 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb
3 x 50 kg GP 50 bomb
Setup 5
6 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb
3 x 100 kg GP 100 bomb
Setup 6
2 x 500 kg GP 500 bomb
6 x 100 kg GP 100 bomb
Setup 7
2 x 500 kg GP 500 bomb
4 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb
Setup 8
1 x 800 kg GP 800 bomb
3 x 50 kg GP 50 bomb
Setup 9
1 x 800 kg GP 800 bomb
3 x 100 kg GP 100 bomb
Setup 10
1 x 800 kg GP 800 bomb
9 x 100 kg GP 100 bomb
Setup 11
1 x 800 kg GP 800 bomb
3 x 100 kg GP 100 bomb
4 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb
Setup 12
Economy
18 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
77 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 410 / 5 494/4 700 / 5 856/1 880 / 2 342Repair
22 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
77 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
× (136) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the Italian bomber Z.1007 bis serie 3. For the twin tail version, see Z.1007 bis serie 5.

Description

GarageImage Z.1007 bis serie 3.jpg


The Z.1007 bis serie 3 "Alcione" (Kingfisher) is a rank III Italian bomber with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB) and 2.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica" alongside the initial Italian aviation tree.

Known as the premier bomber in Italian service, the wooden "Alcione" offers superior speed performance to its tech tree predecessor the S.M.79 and better ordnance variety. As a fast medium bomber it can do repeated attack runs per match, with average payload weight, but less than mediocre defensive armament.

General info

Flight performance

Moderate manoeuvrability at slow speeds with a bad roll rate, the Z.1007 is a generic medium bomber with predictable performance and decent speed to its name. The elevator starts to slowly lock up above 200 km/h and continues to do so in a linear fashion, however it neatly prevents overstressing and breaking the wings with G-forces. Compared to the S.M.79 it lacks combat flaps and leading slats, increasing the stall speed. Further, the Z.1007 also features worse lock up and comparable manoeuvrability. Fortunately the acceleration and top speed are far better, though the Alcione still won't outrun any fighter or heavy fighter.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 437 424 33.0 34.0 4.8 4.7 450
Upgraded 464 450 31.1 32.0 7.6 6.2

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
N/A ___ 280 ~3 ~1
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 260 < 270 < 270 > 200
Compressor Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
Setting 1 4,000 m 1,000 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

Being an all wooden design and designed as a fast bomber the Z.1007 lacks any sort of protection and solely relies on its speed to survive on the battlefield. Despite the lack of armour it takes a few shots to pilot snipe from the rear as in the narrow fuselage the gunners act literal meat shields, quite macabre.

Armaments

Suspended armament

Main article: F200/450

The Z.1007 bis serie 3 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 18 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (900 kg total)
  • 18 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (1,800 kg total)
  • 1 x F200/450 torpedo
  • 4 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs + 12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (2,200 kg total)
  • 6 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs + 3 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (1,650 kg total)
  • 6 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs + 3 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (1,800 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs + 6 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (1,600 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs + 4 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 1 x 800 kg GP 800 bomb + 3 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (950 kg total)
  • 1 x 800 kg GP 800 bomb + 3 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (1,100 kg total)
  • 1 x 800 kg GP 800 bomb + 9 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (1,700 kg total)
  • 1 x 800 kg GP 800 bomb + 4 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs + 3 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (2,100 kg total)

Many payload option utilise the wing mounts and consequently reduce the crucial top speed. However only using the internal bomb bay limits the ordnance to a mere 1,100 kg total. Depending on load-out option the external bombs may even drop last e.g. the heaviest last one. On average a single Z.1007 can take out 1.5 bases in an uptier and close to 2 in a downtier. Noteworthy is the internally mounted torpedo. The F200/450 is, with a drop speed of 300 km/h @ max 100 m altitude (273 ft/s @ 328 feet), quite mediocre, but features a very high in-water speed of 80 km/h (73 ft/s).

Defensive armament

The Z.1007 bis serie 3 is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Scotti M1933 machine gun, dorsal turret (350 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, ventral turret (350 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, side turrets (500 rpg)

Worse than average the defensive turrets can only boast decent firing arcs, ventral and dorsal turret feature overlapping rear fields of fire. However a frontal gun is missing entirely and is only covered by turning the dorsal turret by 180° which takes time. Armament-wise there is no upgrade from the S.M.79.

Usage in battles

Lacking in both defensive armament and protection, not to mention blessed with early control lock-up speeds, the Z.1007 is pushed into the role of a hit-and-run bomber. Either against ground bases with mediocre success or as ground support against stationary ground units and armoured columns. The latter option is quite viable with multiple drops available per run depending on the load-out, learning the drop order of the payload allows to maximize the effect of each bomb by selecting the appropriate target in ground strike missions.

For tank battles the control lock-up disables any dive bombing attempts with a landing you cannot walk away from, even though the wing pylons make it technically possible. Necessitating a straight, direct and deliberate fly-over the target zone with the narrow field of view bomb sight. As this makes the attack run easy to track and even easier to intercept. Thusly it is not recommended for any mixed game mode with the exception of naval battles. With an internally bomb bay mounted torpedo the Alcione does not suffer a speed penalty like many other medium torpedo bombers. Mind though: The travel distance is only 3 km in water and it isn't a small aircraft. A suicide run is the most likely outcome of any engagement, unless one manages to align the attack run with several islands for cover.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm TBC-79
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) MCGP250
III Wings repair Engine Turret 12 mm MCRO500
IV Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) MCGP800

Prioritizing bomb payload variety is not a necessity as the default 18 x 100 kg option is very viable. Instead a focus should be on the engine upgrades to boost speed and thusly survivability as well as mission success rate.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Plenty of load-out options
  • Decent payload of up to 2,200 kg
  • Decent top speed for a bomber
  • Good firing arcs for rear facing turrets

Cons:

  • Average manoeuvrability
  • Control surfaces lock-up early
  • Mediocre to bad defensive fire
  • No armour or crew protection
  • Payload often loaded outside

History

One of the three standard Italian wartime bombers, alongside the S.M. 79 and the B.R. 20, the Z.1007 had speed, armament, good range, and an acceptable bombload. It was used on all Italian fronts despite being of all-wood construction. Also known as the Alcione, it was designed by Filippo Zappata, with the prototype debuting in spring, 1937. After 34 original models, production shifted to the bis model, with a more powerful radial engine; over 400 of this model would ultimately be built. They conducted combat tests with Italian forces in Belgium during the Battle of Britain in September, 1940, used for diversionary actions only. Their real combat debut was a month later, during the Greek campaign. They also flew in Africa and the Mediterranean. They were not used much in Russia. A total of 560 were built, with about 60 still in service when Italy surrendered. About 30 continued on after, now in Allied service, in the Balkans. Unlike the later serie 5 with the twin tails (Italian: bideriva) the serie 3 still features a single rudder (monoderiva).

Media

"Update 1.69 - Z.1007 bis serie 3/5" by TheEuropeanCanadian
"War Thunder Realistic: Z.1007 bis serie 3 (Regia Aeronautica)" by Jengar

See also

External links


Italy bombers
Fiat  BR.20 DR
Savoia-Marchetti  S.81 · S.M.79 Sparviero serie 1 (1936) · S.M.79 Sparviero B (1936) · S.M.79 Sparviero serie 8 (1939) · S.M.79 Sparviero AS (1941) · S.M.79 Sparviero bis/T.M (1943)
CANT  Z.1007 bis serie 3 · Z.1007 bis serie 5
Piaggio  P.108B serie 1 · P.108B serie 2
German  ▄Ju 87 R-2 · ▄Ju 87 D-3