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Italy's Reggiane Re.2001 fighter
Nickname: Falco II


  • Reggiane Re 2001 Falco II fighter
  • Reggiane Re 2001 Falco II fighter


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.


The Re.2001 prototype first flew on July 14, 1940.

The Re.2001 bis was first test flown by Francesco Agello in 1941. Francesco had broken many records flying seaplanes.

The Re.2001 Delta was test flown in 1942 but crashed in January 1943 causing the military to cancel an order for 100 planes.


Deliveries of the Re.2001 started in 1941 / mid 1942.

  • Reggiane Re.2001: 100
    • Production
      • 1941: ~40
      • 1942: >100
  • Reggiane Re.2001 bis prototype: 1
  • Reggiane Re.2001 CN: 150
  • Total: 237, 252
  • Manufacturer: Officine Meccaniche Reggiane S.p.A.


There was to be a trainer, tank buster, torpedo, and fighter versions.

  • Reggiane Re.2001:
  • Reggiane Re.2001 CB: Fighter-bomber. Rack under the fuselage that could carry a 220 lb, 550 lb, or 1,400 lb bomb.
  • Reggiane Re.2001 bis: Had radiators in wings. Flew 40 mph faster. Only prototype. Had deck arrestor hook installed for landing on the aircraft carriers Aquila and Sparviero.
  • Reggiane Re.2001 Delta: Had Isotta-Fraschini Delta, V-12, air cooled engine (840 HP). A bad performer.
  • Reggiane Re.2001CN: Night fighter.
  • Reggiane Re.2001G: Torpedo fighter.
  • Reggiane Re.2001H: Anti-tank.
  • Reggiane Re.2001??, Reggiane Re.2001bis: Had arrester hooks added for carrier deck trials. Only two built.
  • Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete (Ram): Ground attack. Could carry 2,800 lb / 1,270 kg of ordnance under the fuselage and wings. Many were used by the Luftwaffe in France after the Italian Armistice.


First Use

Three squadrons first received the Re.2001s in December 1941. The first operation was over Malta in 1942.

The 2° Gruppo Caccia received the Re.2001 Falco II fighters in 1942 in Sicily.

September 1943

The units that were still equipped with the 43 Re.2001s remaining (21 operational) were:

  • 59° Gruppi Intercettori at Venegono
  • 60° Gruppi Intercettori at Lonate Pozzolo
  • 22° Gruppo C.T. at Capodichino
  • 167° Gruppo Intercettori at Littoria

Night Fighting

Many of the Re.2001s were used as night fighters in central and northern Italy.

After the Surrender

After Italy surrendered the Co-Belligerent Air Force continued to use eight of the Re.2001s.

The rest joined the 2° Gruppo with the Aviazione della RSI.

After World War II

Five of the Re.2001s survived World War II and were used for a few years.


  Reggiane Re.2001
Type Attack, Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Daimler-Benz DB 601
Daimler Benz DB 601 A-1
Mercedes-Benz DB 601
OR Alfa Romeo RA.1000
Alfa Romeo RA.1000 RC 41 (Daimler-Benz 601)
Alfa Romeo R.A.1000 R.C.41-Ia Monsonie
Cylinders In-line 12, Inverted V 12, V 12
Cooling Liquid
HP 1,150, 1,175
Propeller blades 3, Constant speed 3 blade
Span 36' 1", 36' 2", 36' 9"
11.2 m
Length 25' 10", 27' 5", 29' 3"
8.36 m, 8.9 m
Height 10' 4", 12'
3.6 m
Wing area 220 sq ft
20.4 sq m
Empty 5,423 lb
2,460 kg
Loaded 5,650 lb, 6,700 lb, 7,000 lb, 7,231 lb
3,178 kg, 3,280 kg
Speed 336 mph, 360 mph
542 kph
Speed at 17,700' 350 mph
Speed at 17,945' / 5,470 m 339 mph
545 kph
Speed at 22,000' / 6,710 m 348 mph
557 kph
Climb to 16,405' / 5,000 m 6.3 minutes
Service Ceiling 36,000', 36,090'
11,000 m
Range 684 miles
1,100 km
Armament 4: MG
Nose 2: 12.7 mm MG
Wings 2: 7.7 mm MG
OR 2: 20 mm
Bomb under fuselage 1: 1,410 lb
1: 640 kg
1: 250 kg
  Reggiane Re.2001 Serie I
Armament 2: 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT MG
  Reggiane Re.2001 Serie II
Armament 2: 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT MG
Wings 2: 7.7 mm MG
  Reggiane Re.2001 Serie III
Span 36' 1"
Length 26' 10.75"
Height 10' 2.75"
Wing area 219.5 sq ft
Empty 5,500 lb
Loaded 7,230 lb
Speed at 16,400' 337 mph
Speed - Cruising 282 mph
Climb to 26,240' 12 minutes 10 seconds
Service Ceiling 39,200'
Range 646 miles
Armament 2: 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT MG
Wings 2: 7.7 mm MG
  Reggiane Re.2001 Serie IV
Bombs 1: 1,408 lb
  Reggiane Re.2001 CN Caccia Notturna
Type Night Fighter
Crew 1
Wings - Under 2: 20 mm
2: 20 mm Mauser MG 151
  Reggiane Re.2001bis
Engine (Type) Isotta-Frashini Delta IV
Cylinders Inverted V 12
Cooling Air
HP 840
Speed at 14,760' 320 mph


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