19 May 2017
Macchi M.C.205 Veltro: Sicily’s Guardian Angel
Despite entering service late in the war, the Italian MC.205 “Veltro” found itself clashing in fierce combat with the most advanced allied aircraft over the skies of Italy - and holding it’s own. Meet one of the finest Italian fighter aircraft of the Second World War in War Thunder’s Update 1.69!
By 1941, the well-established MC.202 “Folgore” fighter had started to show the first signs of its aging design compared to the much newer, more advanced, allied counterparts. Almost immediately, Italian engineers took up the task to find ways of improving the existing Folgore airframes in order to create a new stop-gap fighter before better designs could be created. The result of this undertaking was the phenomenal MC.205 “Veltro”.
The Veltro (eng; Greyhound) was the natural evolution of the MC.202 Folgore. The aircraft was designed in a time when Italy was facing an increase in allied bombings and struggling to maintain aerial superiority. The improved design allowed for combat at high altitude and vastly improved the lacking firepower of the previous model.
The new single-engined, all-metal, monoplane fighter was visually very similar to its predecessor, also adopting many of its features and merits, such as durability and agility. However, underneath the surface, it received an Italian version of the Daimler-Benz DB605 engine, which had already proven itself with later modifications of the well-known Bf-109. Furthermore, the firepower on later models was also improved; the wing-mounted low caliber machine guns were replaced by 20mm MG 151/20 cannons.
Due to a late introduction into the conflict, only around 260 MC.205 Veltros were built and nearly all were confined to the Mediterranean theatre where they were tasked with protecting strategic locations such as the islands of Sicily and Sardinia and later on, Rome itself. Nonetheless, unlike it’s predecessor and thanks to the various changes, it proved very successful at fending off allied bombing raids as well as presenting itself as a worthy adversary to the P-51D Mustang, something deemed impossible with the Folgore.
In War Thunder, the Veltro will receive a chance to prove itself over again. Unsurprisingly, the Veltro’s performance will be similar to that of the MC.202, which many players have already gotten a feel for.
Taking down opponents with the MC.205 is no longer going to be a challenge, as its wing-mounted 20mm cannons, aided by a decent ammunition compliment, will make even the toughest of opponents think twice before engaging you.
Be careful though! As the Veltros performance increased, so did its weight. The aircraft will have problems competing in prolonged turning engagements as well as catching up to fast opponents.
The Veltro, similarly to his German cousin - the Bf 109, excels at surprise attacks from above, the so called Boom and Zoom tactic. By using the excellent flight characteristics and firepower, pouncing on unaware opponents from altitude will result in their sudden and quick demise.
In War Thunder Update 1.69, the aircraft will be available in two variants:
- MC.205V Serie 1 - Early production version armed with machine guns
- MC.205V Serie 3 - Later production version with improved firepower
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In short, the MC.205 Veltro will form the backbone of the newly formed Italian research tree and will provide its pilots with a solid dogfighter, capable of confidently combating any foe in battle. Be the first to try out the new aircraft in War Thunder’s Update 1.69! See you there!
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