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Macchi MC.205 Veltro


Re-powering the Folgore with a 931kW Fiat R.A.1050 RC.58 Tifone engine - a licence-built Daimler-Benz DB.605 resulted in the Veltro (Greyhound).

First flown as a prototype on 19 April 1942, production aircraft entered service in the following year but saw little action before the Italian surrender to the Allies. Most of the 262 MC.205V production aircraft served with the fascist Italian and German air arms. Later aircraft had two 20-mm cannon in place of the two rifle-calibre wing machine-gunsto provide an effective armament.

A variant that failed to enter production was the MC.205N Orione high-altitude fighter with increased-span wings and an armament of one 20-mm cannon and four 12.7-mm (0.5-in) machine-guns in the N-1 variant or three cannon and two machine-guns in the N-2 variant.

Engine: Fiat RA. 1050 RC.58 Tifone, 1455 hp
Length: 29 ft 0.5 in / 8.58 m        
Height: 9.974 ft / 3.04 m
Wingspan: 34 ft 8.7in / 10.58 m        
Wing area: 180.835 sq.ft / 16.8 sq.m
Max take off weight: 7514.6 lb / 3408.0 kg        
Weight empty: 5691.1 lb / 2581.0 kg
Normal TO weight: 3224kg / 7,108 lb            
Max. speed: 347 kts / 642 km/h at 23620 ft
Cruising speed: 270 kts / 500 km/h        
Service ceiling: 53707 ft / 16370 m
Wing load: 41.62 lb/sq.ft / 203.0 kg/sq.m    
Range: 562 nm / 1040 km
Crew: 1
Armament: 2x MG 12,7mm, 2x MG 7,7mm up to 320 kg (1706 lb) of bombs







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