View Full Version : The forgotten fighter of Battle of Britain

07-01-2005, 05:53 AM
An interesting "what if" story that i didnt know of. According to Flying Review International (July 1966 issue) Britain was trying to buy three hundred Reggiane 2000s (and other equipment and planes) from Italy, and they were close to getting them too.

"December 1939 also saw the arrival of a British Mission in Italy led by Lord Hardwick, the purpose of which was to purchase arms and particularly aircraft. Wing Commander H N Thornton, representing the Air Ministry, visited several of the Caproni factories, including the "Reggiane" works at Reggio Emilia.

Negotiations were initiated for the purchase of Isotta Franschini marine engines, a thousand 20-mm cannon, 300 Ca313 light reconnaissance bombers, 100 Ca.311 trainers, and 300 Re.2000 fighters! On December 22nd, pilots Gray and Barnet accompanying the British Mission flight tested the Re.2000, and a month later, on January 26, 1940, the Director of Aircraft Contracts confirmed the British order for the "Reggiane" fighters. Surprisingly, on March 8, 1940, the German government signified its approval to the Italian government of the sale of Italian aircraft to Britain, but within a few weeks, on April 6th, this approval was withdrawn.

Nevertheless, on May 15th Count Caproni and Lord Hardwick finalised a scheme whereby the aircraft would be sold to Britain by Portugal, the Caproni group having a Portuguese subsidiary, the Soc Aeroportuguesa. However, on June 10, 1940, Italy entered the war on Germany's side, and thus the devious schemes prepared to evade the German embargo on the sale of Italian aircraft to Britain came to nought."

More here

I hope we get this cool plane flyable some day http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

07-01-2005, 06:27 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif Very interesting article!
I know from reading that Mussolini did not want to go to war with France, England and United States. And only went in near the of The Battle of France so he could get his share of the pie... more or less.

07-01-2005, 06:34 AM
Interesting indeed.
The Reggiane Re. 2000 looks more or less like the p-47, at least the wing, or is it just me???? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.
Here's some more detail about this aircraft:
http://home.att.net/~historyzone/Reggiane.html , at the middle of the page is some image with the plane equipped with the "spezzoniera Nardi".
Does anyone know something about this weapon????

07-01-2005, 06:45 AM
Ok, before someone else sais that i should google some, here it is: "Spezzoniera Automatica Nardi" a weapon consisting in 2 launchers each composed of 2 lines consisting tweenty-two 2 kilos fragmentation bomb, so 88 fragmentation bombs.

google really helps.

07-01-2005, 09:23 AM
To any casual observer, the Re. 2000 bears a remarkable resemblance to Seversky's P-35 (the P-47's grandpa). I'd recommend checking your Swedish sources on the type, because Sweden bought and flew both types, and a comparison would be ineveitable, not to mention ve-e-e-r-r-r-ry interesting...



07-01-2005, 11:34 AM
How did they come up with the nr 2000?

07-01-2005, 07:59 PM
Italian fighter numbering system seems to have something to do with the generation/maker-note that the AeroMacchi 200 series matches the Fiat 50 series, so I'm guessing that Reggiane were issued the 2000 series numbers.

Reggiane Re.2000 Re2001 Re2002 Re.2005

Fiat G.50 G.55

Macchi C.200 C.202 C.205

Does that make sense?