G.55 serie 1

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G.55 Centauro serie 1
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.9 tTake-off weight
4.92 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10 000 mCeiling
Daimler-Benz DB-605AEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
840 km/hStructural
260 km/hGear
Offensive armament
3 x 20 mm MG 151 cannonWeapon 1
650 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gunWeapon 2
600 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 50 kg GP 50 bombSetup 1
2 x 100 kg GP 100 bombSetup 2
40 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png14 000 / 17 808/18 930 / 24 078/5 910 / 7 517Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
700 Ge icon.pngAces
154 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
390 % Sl icon.png390 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Italian fighter G.55 serie 1. For other uses, see G.55 (Family).


GarageImage G55serie1.jpg

The G.55 Centauro serie 1 is a rank III Italian fighter with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica".

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 6,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
622 605 10,000 20.9 21.6 13.6 13.6 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,500 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
671 646 10,000 19.1 20.0 20.5 16.7 300


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
 ???  ???  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 50 mm bulletproof glass in the windshield
  • 8 mm steel seat plating
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)


Offensive armament

The G.55 serie 1 is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon (250 rpg = 250 total)
  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon (200 rpg = 400 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun (300 rpg = 600 total)

The two of the cannons are each mounted in the wing. A single 20 mm cannon is mounted in the nose of the aircraft, firing through the propeller hub. The two machine guns are nose mounted, positioned between the pilot and the engine of the aircraft. If fired continuously, the wing mounted cannons will run out of ammunition before the nose-mounted cannon.

Suspended armament

The G.55 serie 1 can carry an external payload consisting of:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 50   kg GP 50   bombs (100 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (200 kg total)

Usage in battles

The G.55's main strong points come down to its engine power, its light construction and its wing profile, which grant it a high sustained rate of climb, a tight turning circle and the power output to endure sustained horizontal manoeuvring. It performs best up to medium altitudes around 5000m (16404 Feet), after which it is generally outperformed by its competition. Its light construction and its wing profile, however, mean that when the Centauro goes in the vertical, it bleeds speed very easily. Its top speed in a dive is unimpressive and it can barely catch up in a zoom climb with its competitors. The armament is very effective as well, however, the MG 151 is not very accurate at range, which should be taken into account when engaging in head-on passes.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Automatic pitch
Controllable Not controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry

Pros and cons


  • Good climb rate
  • Exceptional low and mid-altitude performance
  • Relatively robust airframe
  • Good turn and roll rate


  • Lack of armour means the pilot is more prone to being knocked out in a head-on pass
  • Roll and yaw are limited at high speeds
  • Metal beams on canopy window obstruct first person view


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See also

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.

External links

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 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
Romania  IAR-81C