Aircraft Reference List

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FOR HISTORICAL REFERENCE ONLY!

Players often mention the following aircraft types as desirable additions to the game.They are NOT under development by CRS, nor has CRS committed to model any of these. This is essentially a Player Wish List.

British

Handley-Page Hampden Nicknamed the "Flying Suitcase" because of its narrow but tall fuselage, this fast, maneuverable bomber proved vulnerable to fighters, even its own due to being mistaken for the Do-17.

Vickers Wellington Affectionately known as the Wimpey for its portly shape, carrying a good bomb load at decent speeds, it was the RAF's main bomber in the early days of WW2.

Short Stirling 4 engine RAF bomber that proved a disappointment because of a silly design requirement that keep the wings to 100 feet so it could fit in existing hangers! Still, it contributed greatly to the war effort.

Avro Manchester Heavy bomber planned to use 2x very powerful engines; however, the engines proved unreliable and so it was decided to use 4x Merlin's, and thus the Avro Lancaster was born!

Handley-Page Halifax A superb 4 engine contemporary of the Lancaster.

Hawker Typhoon/Tempest Suburb CAS aircraft.

French

Farman F. 222 An old design but notable for carrying nearly 4000kg of bombs.

LeO 451 Entering service just before the war started, was a fast, modern bomber.

Foreign units potentially used by French Air Force

B-17 Not used by French units

B-24 Actually ordered by France, but not fielded due to the Armistice.

B-25 Used by one Free French unit.

P-47 Used by five French squadrons.

P-51 Used by one French squadron, but for tactical reconnaissance only.

B-26 Used by six French bomber squadrons.

Handley-Page Halifax Used by two French squadrons.

German

Do-17Z-2 Once the fastest bomber in the world, by WW2 it was showing its age, but it still proved very capable, reliable, and rugged, with the Finns using them well past the end of WW2. It gained a new life in Luftwaffe's Night Fighter squads, pioneering all the tools and techniques used later in the war.

Ju-88A-4 Teething troubles with the early 88 models made it more dangerous to the crew then from the enemy. After a major redesign the hugely improved A-4 variant entered service in late 1940 and set new standards for warplanes.

Do-217 A totally new airplane designed like, and to replace, the Do-17. Unlike the Do-17, proved more a beast to fly, but it could deliver on its mission, up to 4000kg of load with speed and range.

He-177 Nicknamed it the Reichsfeuerzeug (Cigarette Lighter of the Reich) due to the engines' tendency to catch fire, it was non-the-less a very fast heavy bomber. Bureaucratic bumbling caused delayed service entry of this potent bomber.