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M.C.200 serie 3

The Macchi C.200 "Saetta," was an all metal, air-cooled radial engined, stressed skin fighter designed by Macchi Aeronautica and flown by the Regia Aeronautica in many forms from 1940 to 1943, and flew more sorties than any other Italian aircraft. Well liked, it was maneuverable, with high stability, especially in a dive. Though it was considered underarmed and underpowered for a modern fighter, the resilience of both the airframe and air cooled engine lead to the C.200's extensive use as a fighter bomber.

The C.200 served in Yugoslavia, North Africa, and the Eastern Front. In Yugoslavia, the C.200 was credited with over 20 kills, and at least 10 damaged, as well as destroying nearly a dozen land targets. In North Africa, while aircraft such as the Hurricane were generally faster, the C.200's increased agility allowed it to dogfight on par with the more powerful, faster aircraft. On the Eastern Front, the C.200 excelled, with an 88 to 15 Kill/Loss ratio. Early on, the C.200 was very effective against aircraft like the I-16. However, losses on the eastern front began to rise as the Soviets began to produce more advanced fighters. A total of 66 aircraft were left behind in Russia once the Regia Aeronautica withdrew its forces.

1,153 C.200's were produced in total.

VariantsEdit

C.200

Base variant. The first 240 produced were built with an enclosed cockpit, but all subsequent variants were built with open cockpits at the request of Italian pilots. Some late manufactured C.200's were built with M.C.202 serie 7 wings, adding two 7.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns to its armament.

C.200 bis

Fitted with a [http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Piaggio_P.XIX&action=edit&redlink=1 Piaggio P.XIXR.C.45 engine, this prototype reached 535km/h, but did not enter production, as the c.200 was to be replaced. </span>

C.200AS


Variant fitted to be suited for the North African Campaign.

C.200CB

A fighter bomber variant, with 320kg of bombs, or 2 external fuel tanks for escort missions.

SpecificationsEdit

In-Game: Unlocked at tier 3 in the German tree.

Serie 3

Max Speed: 504km/h at 5,000m
Max Altitude: 8,900m
Turn Time: 19.1 seconds
Rate of Climb: 18m/s
Armament: x2 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns (370 rpg)

Serie 7

Max Speed: 508km/h at 5,000m
Max Altitude: 8,900m
Turn Time: 19.1 seconds
Rate of Climb: 16m/s
Armament: x2 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns (370 rpg)

Real Life (Early Model)

Max Speed: 504km/h at 4,500m
Max Altitude: 8,900m
Rate of Climb: 15.3m/s
Armament: x2 12.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns (370 rpg). Some were field modified to carry eight 15kg bombs, or two 50kg, 100kg, or 150kg bombs under the wings. (Later production aircraft also included x2 7.7mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, with 500 rpg.)

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