The Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario was a WWII fighter aircraft in service with the Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) from April 1943 to 1945. Being the second fastest Italian aircraft, it first saw combat action in late April 1943, in northern Italy, attacking American B-24 bombers. It was also used during the Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy between 1943-1944. It was a highly reliable and maneuverable fighter. However, the Italian firm Reggiane were able to produce only 50 Sagittarios before the Allies invaded Italy.
The Re-2005, like most monoplane fighters of World War II, was fitted with straight low wings and retractable landing gear. It had an all-metal fuselage as its cockpit offered the pilot a 180º field of vision and bullet-proof windshield. The Re-2005 was powered by the same engine used on the Macchi C.205; a Fiat RA-1050 R.C-58, V12 piston engine, which was a copy of the German Daimler-Benz DB_605A, capable of developing 1,475 hp. The Sagittario was the best armed Italian fighter as it had at its disposal two 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns and three 20mm guns. When used as a ground-attack aircraft, it carried up to 1,000 kg of bombs. Speed, maneuverability, and armament made of the Reggiane Re.2005 one of the best fighter aircraft of the war. Unfortunately for the Italians, only a few were manufactured.
Type: fighter aircraft
Wingspan: 11 m
Length: 8,7 m
Height: 3.1 m
Maximum speed: 630 km/h (390 mph)
Range: 980 km (610 miles)