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Reggiane Re2005 Sagittario during a Royal visit at Furbara Italy Mar 1943 01

Reggiane Re2005 Sagittario during a Royal visit at Furbara Italy Mar 1943-01

Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario - Sagittarius

National origin:- Italy
Role:- Fighter
Manufacturer:- Reggiane
Designer: Giuseppe Gabrielli
First flight:- 9th May 1942
Introduction:- April/May 1943
Retired:- 1945
Primary users:-   Regia Aeronautica,   Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana,  Luftwaffe
Produced between September 1942 - May 1944
Number built 48

The Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario in English means Archer, Sagittarius was an Italian monoplane fighter/fighter-bomber produced for the Regia Aeronautica during the later years of World War II. It is considered by many to be 'the most beautiful plane of the Second World War'. Along with the Macchi C.202/C.205 and Fiat G.55, the Reggiane Re.2005 was one of the three Serie 5 Italian fighters. The well balanced lines of the fuselage were aerodynamically perfect, and everything was designed to get the most out of the famous Daimler-Benz DB 605 engine. The only drawback was a certain structural weakness in the rear section of the fuselage. Only 48 examples had been delivered before the Armistice and these fighters took part in the defence of Naples, Rome and Sicily with the final survivors battling above the crumbling ruins of Berlin, with German insignia. Well-respected ace and military observer, Group Captain Duncan Smith, DSO DFC, stated: 'The Re.2005 was altogether a superb, potent aeroplane.'

 

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