Reggiane Re.2005 - Aviation Art
THE ARCHER - PLATE 01
by Dan Zoernig
Summer 1943. A Regianne Re 2005 of the 362nd Squadriglia, 22nd Gruppo,completes a firing pass on a B-17F of the 301st Bomb Group somewhere over the Italian countryside. Considered by many to be the most beautiful of the three "Serie 5" fighters Italy produced around the Daimler-Benz DB 605 engine, the "Sagittario, (Archer) was capable of holding its own ground in combat with either the US Mustang or the English Spitfire, the Re 2005 was a sleek and graceful design that excelled in the hands of a competent pilot, and although its handling was considered to be exquisite, it still mounted a hefty weapons load. With a pair of Breda-Safat 12.7mm machine guns in the upper cowling, one 20mm MG 151 cannon firing through the propellor hub, and two more Mauser 151s in the wings, the Sagittario would have been a serious threat to Allied fighters and bombers. However, because of production difficulties compounded by aerial bombing of the Regianne factories, only 30 or so of these fine aircraft were completed before Italy capitulated in September of 1943.


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