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    The planes are listed only by their primary nationality.

    Henschel Hs 129

    Reggiane Re.2000 "Falco" - Heja I

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    Reggiane Re.2000 "Falco" - Heja I
    (from v4.10m user guide, pages 17 and 18)

    1. Airspeed Indicator
    2. Compass
    3. Variometer
    4. Turn and Bank Indicator
    5. Altimeter
    6. Oil pressure
    7. Fuel pressure
    8. Oil temperature
    9. Manifold pressure
    10. Tachometer
    11. Airspeed Indicator
    12. Clock
    13. Wheel break pressure
    14. Engine cylinder head temperature
    15. Landing gear indicator lights
    16. Landing gear lever
    17. Mechanical landing gear indicator
    18. Throttle lever
    19. Mixture lever
    20. Prop. pitch lever
    21. WEP lever
    22. Prop pitch mode selector
    23. Fuel indicators
    24. Elevator trim
    25. Rudder trim
    26. Flaps position indicator
    27. Flaps crank
    28. Radiator control levers

    Reggiane Re.2000 "Falco" - Heja I

    The Re.2000 was designed by Ing. Longhi of Caproni Reggiane, who has worked in the USA previously, and the plane had a strong exterior resemblance with Severski P-35 (though being more aerodynamically refined and with much better performance). The prototype flew in May, 1939. The design included a "wet wing" to store fuel (in the center section of the wing). This was judged unfit for war use by Regia Aeronautica and the aircraft was discarded. On the other hand, Sweden, Hungary and Great Britain were interested in the plane and all of them placed orders (the British order for 300 planes was canceled after the declaration of war).

    Due the shortage of fighters even Regia Aeronautica employed small numbers of Re.2000s, mainly for action over Malta, for which a field modification for carrying two 100kg bombs was adopted. Also a version was produced for catapult launch from Italian warships, but they saw no operational use.

    Hungary employed about 70 Re.2000s that saw an intense use as fighters on the Eastern front, and later developed a license built version (Heja II.) with different engine (Gnome Rhone K-14) and machine guns (Gebauer 12,7mm).

    Sweden employed 60 Re.2000s for air space patrol. The Re.2000 was reported by all pilots for having good power and good handling features. However, maintenance and reliability of the Piaggio engine was troublesome.

    General characteristics
    • Length: 7.99m
    • Wingspan: 11m
    • Height: 3.2m
    • Wing area: 20,4m
    • Empty weight: 2090kg
    • Fuel weight: 260kg
    • Useful load: 911kg

    • Speed at ground level: 425km/h
    • Max speed: 530km/h @ 5300m
    • Operational range: 3h at 6000m @ 430km/h cruise speed
    • Rate of climb: 11m/s

    • 2x Breda-Safat 12,7mm with 300 rounds each

    • 2x 100kg (field mod.)
    • 88x 2kg bomblets

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    Good info, Wheels, and thanks for finding it. I have to admit, however, that I do so hope that I never find my behind sitting in the cockpit of either of these aircrafts again!

    Ahh, isn't he such an Angel?
    How could you possibly shoot at him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 352nd Persecutor View Post
    Good info, Wheels, and thanks for finding it. I have to admit, however, that I do so hope that I never find my behind sitting in the cockpit of either of these aircrafts again!
    Challenge accepted!!


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    Henschel Hs 129
    (from v4.10m user guide, pages 10, 11 and 12)

    1. Variometer
    2. Clock
    3. Turn and Bank Indicator
    4. Airspeed Indicator
    5. Repeater Compass
    6. Altimeter
    7. Manifold pressure
    8. AFN-2 homing indicator
    9. Landing gear lights
    10. Electric prop. pitch control unit
    11. Ammo counters for main guns (MG17 & MG151/20)
    12. Additional guns/cannon indicator light(s). Light on = ready to fire
    13. Magneto selectors
    14. Indicator lights for bombs
    15. Elevator & rudder trim knobs
    16. Throttle levers
    17. WEP lever
    18. Mixture lever
    19. Landing gear lever
    20. Flaps lever and position indicator

    • 21. Tachometer (RPM)
    • 22. Fuel Indicator
    • 23. Oil temperature
    • 24. Fuel - and Oil pressure
    • 25. Hydraulic pressure (only on left side)

    The Hs 129 has electric prop pitch control unit with switches instead of traditional prop. pitch lever.
    This means that prop pitch can be only adjusted with "Increase Prop Pitch" and "Decrease Prop Pitch" commands.

    Henschel Hs 129

    The Henschel Hs 129 was developed by engineer Friedrich Nicholaus in response to a 1937 request by the German Air Ministry for a small, heavily armored ground attack/support aircraft equipped with a minimum of two 20 mm cannon and two rifle caliber machine guns. Nicholaus' design stressed pilot survivability. The cockpit was surrounded by an armor plated "bathtub" of triangular shape, resulting in the fuselage's distinctive appearance, and bullet resistant window panels of nearly three inch thickness.

    Driven by two 485 horsepower Argus As410A air cooled engines, the prototype first flew in April of 1939. In spite of displaying lackluster handling qualities, it was approved for production later that year as the Hs-129A.

    Hs 129 B

    In an attempt to improve flight performance, the original Argus engines were replaced by more powerful French-built Gnome-Rhone 14M radials that were secured after the fall of France in 1940. The redesigned Hs 129 B first took to the air in the summer of 1941 and became operational later that year.

    Hs 129 B-1

    The need for an effective airborne tank destroyer became painfully evident following the Red Army's overwhelming winter counteroffensive of 1941-42. With massed formations of Soviet armor penetrating deep behind German lines, urgent priority was given to the Hs 129's production.

    In addition to the standard fixed armament of paired 20 mm cannon and 7.92 mm machine guns, the B1/R2 variant featured a MK 101 30 mm automatic cannon housed in a ventrally mounted external weapons pod. Production of the B1/R2 version began in January of 1942, with the first units being delivered to the Eastern Front in April.

    Hs 129 B-2

    By May 1942 deliveries of the new Hs 129 B-2 model started side-by-side with the B-1. The only difference between the two were changes to the fuel system a host of other minor changes could be found almost at random on either model. As time went on these changes accumulated in the B-2 production line until they could finally be told apart at a glance, the main differences being the removal of the mast for the radio antenna, the addition of a direction-finding radio antenna loop and engine intake filters.

    In the field, the differences seemed to be more pronounced. The R-kits were renumbered and some were dropped, and in general, the B-2 planes received the upgraded cannon pack using a 30 mm MK 103 cannon instead of the earlier MK 101. These guns both fired the same ammunition, but the 103 did so at almost twice the rate.

    Hs 129 B-3

    The final version was the most daunting, both to Soviet tank crew and Luftwaffe pilot. With a 75 mm BK 7.5 cannon slung underneath its fuselage, the Hs 129 B-3/Wa became a true aerial tank. The aircraft's devastating firepower earned it the title of Buchsenoffner, or "tin opener". Such a weapon, however, made an already ponderous aircraft even more demanding of its pilots.

    When construction of the Hs 129 was halted in September of 1944, a total of 868 (all versions) had been produced. Although proving to be a highly effective weapon against Soviet armored vehicles, Germany's overburdened war industry was simply incapable of manufacturing the Hs 129 in enough numbers to have a significant strategic impact.

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