GIAMPAOLO FERONE COLLECTION
No. 3958. Reggiane Re 2001 Falco II (MM408 c/n 2) Italian Air Force
Photograph from Reggiane

Reggiane Re 2001 Falco II

12/31/2010. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Basically an adaptation of the Re 2000 to take a Daimler-Benz DB 601A liquid-cooled inverted V-engine, the Re 2001 Falco (Falcon) II featured a redesigned wing structure, the five-spar arrangement giving place to three-spar construction and the integral fuel tanks feature being eliminated. The first prototype Re 2001, c/n 1, serialed MM409, left the assembly shop on June 9, 1940 and was first flown by Commander Mario De Bernardi at Reggio Emilia on June 14, 1940.

A total of 237 Re 2001's were eventually delivered to the Regia Aeronautica, these being powered for the most part by a license-built version of the DB 601A, the Alfa Romeo RA 1000 RC 41-1a Monsonie (Monsoon) rated at 1,175 hp for takeoff. Armament of the initial version comprised two fuselage-mounted 0.50 in (12.7 mm) SAFAT machineguns and two wing-mounted 0.303 in (7.7 mm) SAFAT machineguns.

Variants included the Re 2001 C.N. (Caccia Notturno, Night Fighters), with 0.787 in (20 mm) MG 151 cannon replacing the wing-mounted 0.303 in (7.7 mm) weapons, and the Re 2001 C.B. (Caccia Bombardiere, Fighter Bomber) with provision for a single 551 lb (250 kg) bomb. Known as the Re 2001 Delta, one example was fitted with an Isotta-Fraschini Delta RC 16/48 twelve-cylinder air-cooled inverted V-engine rated at 840 hp at 17,390 ft (5,300 m).

Converted from the Re 2000 prototype, MM408 became an additional Re 2001 prototype. As described by Carlo Soliani, it appeared in three configurations:

Created February 26, 2005