About 50 Re.2002 Ariete (ram)
fighter-bombers followed for service
with the Regia Aeronautica, these
being powered by the 876kW Piaggio P.XIX RC 45 radial engine
mounted in a slightly lengthened and
strengthened fuselage. The type first
saw operational service in 1942, suffering
heavy losses while contesting the
Allied landings on Sicily.
I'm here, as promised. There are several books naming the Re.2002 simply "Ram". As Regia Aeronautica did not officially name "its" aircraft, it's difficult to determine which is the most reliable source.
And remember that not only Reggiane Re.2000 (and possibly Re.2001) were named "Hawk": there was also Fiat CR.42.
The "family tree" of fighers from O.M.I. Reggiane starts from Re.2000 - Falco [Hawk] (radial engine).
Following you may find Re.2001 - Ariete I [Ram] (v engine) and Re.2002 - Ariete II (radial engine).
The latter entered in service with "Regia Aeronautica" as fighter-bomber.
Some sources report the Re.2001 as Falco II (as a development from Falco I).
Many internet pages report this second opinion (among them also en.wikipedia). On the other side I have (now on my table) books and aeronautical printed review naming the Re.2001 as Ariete I.
I'll try to find-out some more sources (I'm now working on articles on it.wikipedia) and let you know the results.
|Brian Johnston, 10.06.2012|
Looking through this Reggiane strand there seems to be some confusion between the Falco I/II and Ariete I/II names being used for three different models i.e. Re 2000, 2001 and 2002. Can someone please clarify?
Some machines were captured 'factory fresh' by the Germans after the 1943 Italian armistice, and were subsequently used against the French Resistance.
The main problem with this fighter was its engine, which left it under-powered and slow (compared to most Allied aircraft of the day). The Luftwaffe showed interest in buying 300 airframes and installing BMW 801 radial engines to solve this defficiency. Some machines were captured 'factory fresh' by the Germans after the 1943 Italian armistice, and were subsequently used against the French Resistance.
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