Z.1007 bis serie 3

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Z.1007 bis serie 3
General characteristics
6 peopleCrew
13.1 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
9 000 mCeiling
3 х Piaggio P.XI. R.C. 40Engine
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
18 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
77 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 240 / 5 283/4 810 / 5 993/1 950 / 2 429Repair
22 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
77 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
400 Ge icon.pngAces
136 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
250 % Sl icon.png320 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Italian bomber Z.1007 bis serie 3. For the twin tail version, see Z.1007 bis serie 5.


GarageImage Z.1007 bis serie 3.jpg

The Z.1007 bis serie 3 "Alcione" (Kingfisher) is a rank III Italian medium 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

Alright maneuverability at slow speeds with a bad roll rate the Z.1007 is a generic medium bomber with expectable 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 maneuverability. Fortunately the acceleration and top speed are far better, yet the Alcione will not outrun any fighter or heavy fighter, too.

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
437 424 9 000 33.0 34.0 4.8 4.7 450
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
464 450 9 000 31.1 32.0 7.6 6.2 450


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
430 ~3 ~1
Optimal velocities
< 260 < 270 < 270 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,000 m 1,000 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems. 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.


Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

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

  • 18 x 50 kg GP 50 (900 kg total)
  • 18 x 100 kg GP 100 (1800 kg total)
  • 1 х 450 mm F200/450 torpedo
  • 4 x 250 kg GP 250 + 12 x 100 kg GP 100 (2,200 kg total)
  • 6 x 250 kg GP 250 + 3 x 50 kg GP 50 (1,650 kg total)
  • 6 x 250 kg GP 250 + 3 x 100 kg GP 100 (1,800 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg GP 500 + 6 x 100 kg GP 100 (1,600 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg GP 500 + 4 x 250 kg GP 250 (1,750 kg total)
  • 1 x 800 kg GP 800 + 3 x 50 kg GP 50 (950 kg total)
  • 1 x 800 kg GP 800 + 3 x 100 kg GP 100 (1,100 kg total)
  • 1 x 800 kg GP 800 + 9 x 100 kg GP 100 (1,700 kg total)
  • 1 x 800 kg GP 800 + 4 x 250 kg GP 250 + 3 x 100 kg GP 100 (2,100 kg total)

Many payload option utilize the wing mounts and consequently reduce the crucial top speed. However only using the internal bomb bay limits the ordnance to a mere 1100 kg total. Depending on load-out option the external bombs may even drop last e.g. the heaviest last one. In average a single Z.1007 can take out 1.5x bases in an uptier and close to 2x 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 f/s @ 328 feet) quite mediocre, but features a very high in water speed of 80 km/h (73 f/s).

Defensive armament

The Z.1007 bis serie 3 is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, ventral turret (350 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Scotti M1933 machine gun, dorsal 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. 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 mutliple 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 approbiate 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
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


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 payloud variety is not a necessity as the default 18x 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


  • Plenty of load-out options
  • Decent payload of up to 2200 kg
  • Decent top speed for a bomber
  • Good firing arcs for rear facing turrets


  • Average maneuverability
  • Control surfaces lock-up early
  • Mediocre defensive fire
  • Payload often loaded outside


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).


"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 serie 1 · S.M.79 B · S.M.79 serie 8 · S.M.79 AS · S.M.79 bis/T.M
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