Re.2005 serie 0

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Re.2005 serie 0
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The Re.2005 serie 0 is a rank IV Italian fighter with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Flight performance

With spectacular turning capabilities, excellent energy retention, adequate roll rate and solid climb rate, the Re.2005 Sagittario is the definition of agile. It can turn on a dime and keep its speed through those turns, allowing it to be a fantastic dogfighter capable of out-turning almost everything - spare the occasional Japanese fighter - with the correct usage of the rudders and combat flaps. The main weakness of the 2005 is its comparatively mediocre speed for a prop aircraft at its battle rating, being worse than most of its German, American, British and certain Russian contemporaries. Despite this speed gap, it holds quite a high diving speed along with excellent acceleration allowing you to catch up to faster targets quickly after an overshoot.

Max Speed
(km/h at 7,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
629 613 11000 19.8 20.4 17.4 17.4 165
Max Speed
(km/h at 7,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
677 650 11000 18.3 19.0 26.2 21.2 165


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
480 ~11 ~8
Optimal velocities
< 350 < 350 < 450 > 715
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,200 m 1,250 hp 1,407 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 50 mm (63°) bulletproof glass windshield
  • 8 mm steel head plate
  • 8 mm steel pilot seat


Offensive armament

The Re.2005 serie 0 is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon, nose-mounted (200 rounds)
  • 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons, wing-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT HMG's, cowling-mounted (380 rpg = 760 total)

Two of the cannons are mounted in the wings with the remaining cannon being nose-mounted Motorkanone that fires through the propeller spinner. Each cannon is armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all wing-mounted guns will fire together until empty. Never use the Breda's as the main weapon, they do lethargic damage beyond 300 meters and are only useful for lining up shots or forcing enemies to turn.

Suspended armament

The Re.2005 serie 0 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (100 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (200 kg total)
  • 1 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb (250 kg total)
  • 1 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb, 2 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (350 kg total)
  • 1 x 250 kg GP 250 bomb, 2 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (450 kg total)
  • 1 x 500 kg GP 500 bomb (500 kg total)
  • 1 x 500 kg GP 500 bomb, 2 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (600 kg total)
  • 1 x 500 kg GP 500 bomb, 2 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs (700 kg total)

Usage in battles

The Re.2005 is a classic dogfighter, with surprisingly amazing manoeuvrability that can catch most enemies off guard and shred them with its excellent armament setup. While the aircraft can tailor to most forms of air combat, it should ideally be used as a mid-to-high altitude energy fighter or turn fighter where it can use its amicable energy retention and spectacular manoeuvrability to its advantage.

Example of the Vertical spiral, which the Re.2005 can easily abuse

You should make use of energy-wasting manoeuvres such as vertical spirals and hammerheads to bleed the enemy of their speed advantage and force them to fight on your terms.

Of course, the large underslung payload available means the Re.2005 can be a decent ground-pounder as well, being able to drop its bombs quickly and engage in the furball. While the Italian bombs are nothing spectacular, they can get the job done fairly well. However it is worth noting that carrying the largest payload available has a noticeable impact on performance and forces the aircraft into the area it suffers the most in, that being low altitude where its once decent speed becomes extremely poor, compounded by the fact its carrying bombs.

Specific enemies worth noting:

  • Bf 109 G-2, G-6 and G-10. The Gustav series of the legendary Messerschmitt fighters are ones to be feared. They can fit themselves with powerful gunpods that match your firepower and hold a significant advantage over you with their speed and climb rate. However, you can turn circles around them and can potentially win a head-on if you fire around 1.5 km away then perform evasive manoeuvres. Your best bet is to engage one in a turn fight or dive on them while they're preoccupied with a teammate.
  • A6M5. The renown Zero is the king of turn fighting, and will easily beat you in one despite your manoeuvrability. However, they are very slow and perform extremely poor in high-speed engagements. You can also easily destroy them in a few shots thanks to their extremely flimsy airframes. Never engage in a turn fight with a Zero, Boom-&-Zoom is your best friend versus them.
  • P-51D-30. While not a major enemy, the D-30 variant of the Mustang can be a very persistent thorn in your side. It'll blitz you in terms of speed and climb rate, and it has far superior performance above 5 km, and its sextuple Browning M2's will set your airframe ablaze in a few well-placed shots. Fortunately, its turning capabilities are very poor below medium speeds and you can easily destroy it with some well-aimed deflection shots.
  • Ki-84 otsu and Ki-84 ko. These two are by far the most dangerous opponents you can come in contact with. The Hayate's boast impressive maneuverability that allows them to turn with you, high speed, and reasonably powerful armament on the otsu platform. While you can potentially win a turn fight versus them, it's never guaranteed so be safe and try to engage them with an energy advantage or in a head-on where their weak airframes will barely be able to take more than a few shells.

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

Pros and cons


  • Powerful armament layout with a large ammo capacity
  • Spectacular manoeuvrability
  • Great acceleration that can keep up with faster opponents
  • Solid rate of climb
  • Wide selection of underslung bombs for ground pounding
  • Excellent mid-to-high altitude performance
  • Amicable energy retention
  • Can perform amicably in any dogfighting situation
  • Decently high dive speed
  • Surprisingly sturdy airframe
  • Above-average roll rate
  • Control surfaces do not compress badly at high speeds


  • Relatively slow compared to some of its opponents
  • Poor low altitude performance
  • Max payloads have a significant effect on flight performance
  • The large payloads encourage a flying style that puts the Re.2005 at its most vulnerable area (low altitude, no way to escape from opponents)
  • Maneuverability decreases at low airspeed


It has been called "the most beautiful fighter aircraft of the war" and "aerodynamically perfect". The Re. 2005 was the final version of the basic Reggiane fighter design that began with the Re. 2000 in 1939. The third of the Serie 5 third-generation Italian fighters designed to take the DB 605 engine, it had numerous improvements over the company's previous models. Test flights on the prototype began in April 1942, three weeks behind the third-generation M.C. 205 and nine days behind Fiat's G.55. But only 29 of the planned 750 were ever built. Operational service began in May 1943 with the 362nd Squadron in Sicily, and then Capua, until the armistice. A few are known to have flown in battle for the German Luftwaffe over Berlin in the final days of the War in Europe.


Being the last of the three Italian serie 5 fighters to be introduced to the game, the Re.2005 is simply a must-have for avid fighter pilots, not only due to its excellent flight characteristics, but also due to, let’s be honest here, its absolutely stunning visual appearance too!

Having touched on the subject of the Re.2005’s flight characteristics, these are best described as a middle ground between the Spitfire and Bf 109 fighters. The Sagittario manages to successfully combine superb top speeds and climb rates with tight turn times and sharp roll rates, making it an overall highly versatile fighter with no distinct disadvantages.

In other words, or numbers to be more specific, the Re.2005 can reach a maximum top speed of 650 km/h at an altitude of 7,000 m, while retaining an average climb rate of about 21,2 m/s, thanks to its 1,475 horsepower V-12 inline engine. This makes it an ideal energy fighter in the early stages of an air battle, while its very good agility will also allow it to pull its own weight in intense maneuvering engagements as the battle progresses.

While you’d be forgiven for thinking that such promising flight characteristics must come at a price of offensive capabilities, the Re.2005 will spare no time in proving you wrong. In fact, the Sagittario is quite formidably armed with a pair of 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, mounted underneath the engine cowling, in addition to three 20mm MG 151 cannons, with two being mounted in the wings and one installed through the propeller hub.

- From Devblog


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

See also

External links

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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
Germany  ▄Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS
Britain  ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop
Romania  IAR-81C