The Reggiane Re.2001 was designed by Roberto Longhi and Antonio Alessio to overcome the weaknesses of the Re.2000. The Re.2001 was to be an interceptor but it was to become a fighter-bomber and night fighter.
The Reggiane Re.2001 was an all wood fighter plane.
Adopting the Re.2000
The Re.2001 had its fuselage changed because of the inline engine. The wing design was kept. The designers wanted to have the fuel tanks in the wings but the military refused. It took several months to make a new prototype that had the radiators in the wings. This was to become the Re.2001 bis.
The pilot sat in a cramped cockpit with poor visibility.
The Alfa Romeo RA.1000 RC 41-1a Monsonie engine was a copy of the Daimler-Benz DB 601 / DB 601 A-1.
The fuselage had a metal frame with a stressed skin cover. There were also Z type longitudinal stiffeners.
The tail used a metal frame with the fixed surfaces covered in metal and the moveable surfaces with fabric. There were trim tabs in the elevators and rudder.
The tail wheel was fixed / retractable.
The legs raised backwards and turned 90 degrees to lay flush.
There were three sections in the wings. The wings had a stressed skin covering. The flaps went from the ailerons to the fuselage.