C.200 serie 3

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C.200 Saetta serie 3
General characteristics
1 personCrew
2.1 tEmpty weight
2.4 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 900 mCeiling
sec17.4/17.4/16.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Fiat A74Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
845 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gunWeapon 1
740 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
5 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6 300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png760 / 953/1 080 / 1 355/360 / 451Repair
1 800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6 300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.06 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft C.200 serie 3. For other uses, see C.200 (Disambiguation)


GarageImage C.200 serie 3.jpg

The C.200 Saetta serie 3 is a Rank I Italian fighter with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB) and 2.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica", but a variant existed in the German tech tree prior to the update.

The Macchi 200 is a standard fighter of the Italian tree. It is moderately armed for its rank, consisting of two 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns firing through the propeller arcs. an

The M.C 200 is a fairly typical pre-war Italian design, Moderate speed combined with good rates of turning, and high speed tolerance, while maintaining good controls at all speeds. Furthermore, the MC 200 is a capable climber, easily matching a lot of planes that it will regularly meet in its BR range. Further its fairly though, capable of taking hits and return to the airfield for repairs. However it does have its issues as well, most notably the poor engine power which results in poor acceleration and, much like all Italian designs, it suffers from poor armament as well, although given the lower BR then the Folgore, this is less of an issue. Furthermore, as of 1.55, its payload is not modeled, so it doesn't carry bombs, meaning its a poor ground attacker. Being only able to harm soft Ground targets.

For the guns, the same applies to all other Italian aircraft, generally you want to use Tracers, Anti-air or Stealth since they are the belts that deal the most damage. They suffer above 300 meters, so fire only at or below that range for best effects. Furthermore, much like the other Italian fighters the armament is woefully inadequate to deal with bombers, hence it is best to avoid them entirely, or focus on taking out the engines. Only exception are the very early biplane bombers, such as Swordfish, Po-2 and the like.

M.C.200 vs P-36C Hawk over industrial zone in Ruhr.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
482 467 8,900 16.4 17.6 13.1 14.8 280
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
531 504 8,900 15.2 16.0 25.0 18.0 280


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Max Static G
+ -
805 805 ~25 ~10
Optimal velocities
< 390 < 400 < 420 > 230
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,800 m 840 hp 983 hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near fuselage


Offensive armament

The C.200 serie 3 is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (370 rpg = 740 total)

Usage in the battles

Its recommended to climb as much as you can before engaging, a good 4,000 meters is important, for it can be used to get some extra speed when you need it.

For Combat, it can engage in a wide array of moves, the decent energy retention and high speeds it can attain, about 800 kph, before it begins to red-line, means it can be used for Boom & Zoom, or to get away. Furthermore its a good turn-fighter, it out-turns a lot of planes it faces, exception being biplanes and, if you are in arcade, Japanese aircraft. However take care, the engine isn't the most powerful, and accelerating is problematic, so its important to watch your speed carefully in combat. This becomes especially important since the engine is also quite prone to overheat when WEP is engaged, and it cools down slowly.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Good rate of turn
  • Good rate of climb
  • Decent energy retention
  • Its sturdy
  • It has very good cockpit view, lack of canopy means superb view to the sides and above, while the slim head rest ensures a good view to the rear as well
  • Good controls at most speeds
  • Can dive well


  • Acceleration leaves something to be desired
  • The Guns aren't exceptional, low rate of fire and ineffective above 300 meters.
  • Engine is prone to overheating
  • Its speed in level flight is nothing exceptional.


The M.C.200 is a pre-war Italian monoplane manufactured by the Macchi aircraft company, its name is derived from its chief designer, Castoldi, designer of the famous M.C.72 racing plane.

The M.C.200 was a design put forward for the Regia Aeronautica's Series 0 tender set in 1934, a specification for a modern mono-wing interceptor. of the Italian aeronautical industry three firms submitted a prototype, the G.50 by Fiat, the Re 2000 by Reggiane and the M.C 200 by Macchi. Of the Three designs, the M.C 200 won the tender, being the fastest and the best aircraft, although it did have issues that needed fixing before it could enter service, most notable its issues with auto-rotation and sudden, violent stalls. For this reason, the Fiat G.50, while inferior to the M.C 200, was chosen for production as well, as it would be able to enter service on short notice, the G.50 went on and served in the Spanish civil war, and for a time, along side the M.C.200.


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Italy fighters
Fiat  CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater · CR.42 Falco · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN
  G.50 Freccia serie 2 · G.50 Freccia AS serie 7 · G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 Centauro serie 1 · G.55S · G.56
Reggiane  Re.2000 serie 1 · Re.2000 G.A. · Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN
Macchi  C.200 Saetta serie 3 · C.200 Saetta serie 7 · C.202 Folgore · C.202EC · C.205 serie 1 · C.205 serie 3 · C.205N2
Other countries  IAR-81C · ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS