F.222.2

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General info

The F.222.2 in the garage.

The F.222.2 is a Rank I French heavy bomber with a battle rating of 1.3. It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

The F.222.2 is a heavy hitting bomber with okay maneuverability at low altitude and low air speed, and can carry a staggering 52x50 kg bombs. Combined with its frequent presence in Ground Strike matches with only light vehicles, it will make short work of any (or even all) groups of armored cars and SPAA it crosses paths with, and can demolish an opposing team's entire complement of AAA and artillery in short order. Additionally, the ability to carry larger bomb loads later in its upgrade tree turns it into an exceptionally capable base killer, often time wiping out bases solo without sacrificing its heavy-hitting power against armored columns. With some skill (and an escort from friendly fighters), the F.222.2 can wipe out an entire column of medium tank AI targets in a single pass, with enough firepower left over to seriously cripple another column.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

The F.222.2 needs a hard hit to take down, due to its robust construction and multiple engines. The turrets, though not chambered in a particularly powerful cartridge (7.5mm MAC), are still able to seriously damage or outright destroy light fighters. Use caution when approaching from the rear, especially from below. The ventral gunner has a surprisingly good field of fire for a low-tier ventral gun. Head-on attacks may be more successful, due to the extensive glazing on the nose and the presence of a dead zone for the dorsal and ventral gunners in that direction.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Impressive bomb load.
  • Different bomb options make this bomber very versatile.
  • Fuselage can absorb alot of damage
  • Once at altitude, it can be very hard to reach for reserve planes.

Cons

  • Incredibly slow and very heavy.
  • Engines are very vulnerable to enemy fire.
  • Slow speed, heavy weight, and no takeoff flaps makes taking off from the airfield on some maps when fully loaded very difficult.
  • High repair cost for a rank 1 bomber.
  • Long take off distance.
  • Vulnerable to fast climbing, well armed aircraft like the Mig 3.
  • Armament seems a little underwhelming for such a large aircraft.

Specifications

Armaments

Defensive armaments

  • 1 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun, dorsal turret (720 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun, ventral turret (720 rpg)

Payloads

  • 52 x 50 kg G.A.M.MN 50 bombs
  • 7 x 100 kg №.1 bombs + 5 x 200 kg №.1 bombs
  • 4 x 500 kg №.2 bombs
  • 7 x 100 kg №.1 bombs + 10 x 200 kg №.1 bombs

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Gnome Rhone AV 14 Kirs 14-cylinder radial x4
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power 694 hp (Stock), 843 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 784 hp (Stock), 933 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 543 kg
Name: Gnome Rhone AV 14 Kirs 14-cylinder radial x4
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 687 hp (Stock), 760 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 777 hp (Stock), 850 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 543 kg
Name: Gnome Rhone AV 14 Kirs 14-cylinder radial x4
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 687 hp (Stock), 760 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 777 hp (Stock), 850 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 543 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 345 km/h
    • at height: 3,400 m
  • Max altitude: 6,200 m
  • Turn Time: 34.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 3.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 385 km/h
    • at height: 3,400 m
  • Max altitude: 6,200 m
  • Turn Time: 31.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 11.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 331 km/h
    • at height: 3,400 m
  • Max altitude: 6,200 m
  • Turn Time: 35.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 366 km/h
    • at height: 3,400 m
  • Max altitude: 6,200 m
  • Turn Time: 33.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 331 km/h
    • at height: 3,400 m
  • Max altitude: 6,200 m
  • Turn Time: 35.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 366 km/h
    • at height: 3,400 m
  • Max altitude: 6,200 m
  • Turn Time: 33.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 750 m

Performance

F.222.2/Horsepower graph

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Development and variants

In the later half of the 1920s, the French Farman Aviation Works company set to work on an aircraft based off a pusher-pull engine configuration. Their design led to a large bomber aircraft known as the F.220, which had its maiden flight in 26 May 1932. This initial variant was only utilized as a mailplane in civilian business, of which four were built.[1] Farman improved on the F.220 design by covering the gunner stations and new engines, being redesignated as the F.221.[2] After flying in May 1933, ten F.221 were produced for use in the French Armee de l'Air (Air Army) by 1936.

After the success of the F.221, Farman continued working on the F.220 design and eventually evolved into the F.222 aircraft. The F.222 featured a retractable undercarriage, and newer Gnome-Rhone 14Kirs engines. This led to the F.222.1 as a prototype and 11 units were produced, but then further modifications such as the usage of the Gnome-Rhone 14N-11 engines and a longer nose section led to the F.222.2 model. This variant was introduced into the French air force in 1937 with 24 built.[2]

The F.222 model was further improved on in flying characteristics into the F.223 model, which featured a new tail with twin rudders, a more aerodynamic-friendly design, and the usage of Hispano-Suiza engines. At this time period, the Farman Aviation Works were nationalised into the SNCAC, which affected the plane designations and so after the plane was deemed flyable, it was designated the SNCAC N.C.223.[3] The N.C.223 went into production under the N.C.223.3 and N.C.223.4 models. The N.C.223.3 was the primary bomber variant and eight were built from December 1939 to March 1940. The N.C.223.4 were airline variants meant for the civilian market, three sold to Air France.[2]

Combat usage

The F.222 were the only major French 4-engine bombers that were available for use when World War II broke out. In the Battle of France in May-June 1940, these bombers were put to use to night bombing and dropping leaflets over Germany. In 07 June 1940, the N.C.223 was the first bomber to raid Berlin, with another event happening three days later.[2]

Combat with the F.220 bombers decreased as the German were on the brink of winning the Battle of France. Before this, a pilot named James Denis commandeered a F.222 on June 20th and with 20 other pilots in stow, flew the bomber to Britain, later all joining the Free French Air Force. After the Fall of France, the F.222 and N.C.223 were relegated to a transport roles in both Free and Vichy France, seeing use until they were eventually decommissioned.[2]

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the ___ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] Farman F.222.2: Big! Heavy! Yours!

References

  1. War Thunder, October 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Military Factory 2016
  3. War Thunder, November 2017

Sources

  • Military Factory. "Farman F.220 (Series) Four-Engined Heavy Day-Night Bomber" Military Factory, 08 April 2016, Website.
  • War Thunder. "Farman F.222.2: Big! Heavy! Yours!" War Thunder, 25 October 2017, Website.
  • War Thunder. "NC.223.3: let nobody leave unsatisfied!" War Thunder, 07 November 2017, Website.


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