G.55 serie 1

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G.55 Centauro serie 1
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
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.png12 000 / 15 264/19 000 / 24 168/5 920 / 7 530Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
700 Ge icon.pngAces
× (154) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 4.3 Sl icon.png× 3.9 Sl icon.png× 1.2 Sl icon.png
This page is about the Italian fighter G.55 serie 1. For other versions, 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 20.9 21.6 13.6 13.6 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
671 646 19.1 20.0 20.5 16.7 300


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
460 ~11 ~5
Optimal velocities
< 400 < 420 < 450 > 715
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,700 m 1,260 hp 1,399 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 50 mm bulletproof glass in the windshield
  • 8 mm steel seat plating


Offensive armament

The G.55 serie 1 is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, -mounted (250 rpg)
  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, wing-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, nose-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)

The two cannons are mounted in each 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 be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 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 5,000 m (16,404 feet), after which it is generally outperformed by its competition. Its light construction and its wing profile, however, mean that when the Centauro goes into 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
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm MCGP50
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm MCSAP100
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons


  • Good climb rate
  • Exceptional low and mid-altitude performance
  • Relatively robust airframe
  • Good turn and roll rate
  • Effective armament with enough ammo
  • Can carry bombs


  • Lack of armour means the pilot is more prone to being knocked out in a head-on pass
  • Engine overheats quickly on WEP
  • Roll and yaw are limited at high speeds
  • Metal beams on canopy window obstruct first person view
  • Very high repair cost for a 4.7 fighter


Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(Vehicle-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref></ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <references />. This section may also include the vehicle's dev blog entry (if applicable) and the in-game encyclopedia description (under === In-game description ===, also if applicable).


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

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 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 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 Saetta serie 3 · C.200 Saetta serie 7 · C.202 Folgore · 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