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No. 3957. Reggiane Re 2000 Falco (Falcon) I (MM408) Italian Air Force
Photograph from Reggiane, taken July 1939

Reggiane Re 2000 Falco (Falcon) I

12/31/2010. Developed by Caproni's subsidiary Officine Meccaniche Italiane "Reggiane" SA to the designs of Roberto G. Longhi, the Re 2000 was of all-metal construction and innovatory by Italian standards in having a five-spar wing embodying integral fuel tanks. Serialed MM408 the prototype was first flown by Commander Mario De Bernardi at Reggio Emilia on May 24, 1939. Powered by a Piaggio P.XI RC 40D fourteen-cylinder air-cooled radial engine rated at 1,040 hp at 13,125 ft (4,000 m), the Re 2000 was armed with two 0.50 in (12.7 mm) SAFAT machineguns.

A total of 25 Re 2000s was produced, of which seventeen were supplied to the Italian Regia Aeronautica (Royal Air Force) and eight to the Italian Aviazione Ausiliaria per la Regia Marina (Auxiliary Air Force of the Royal Navy). Sixteen of the Regia Aeronautica aircraft were fitted with additional fuel tanks in the fuselage with which they were designated Re 2000 GA (Grande Autonomia, or Long Range), while those for the Regia Marina were provided with catapult pick-up points.

The Re 2000 was also the recipient of orders from Hungary and Sweden, these countries purchasing 70 and 60 examples respectively, the former acquiring a license, producing it as the MAVAG Hjja (Raptor) II. MM408 was later converted to the second Re 2001 prototype.

Created February 26, 2005