Hs 129B-3

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General info

The Hs.129 B-3 in the garage.

The Hs.129 B-3 is a Rank III German attacker with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/SB) and 3.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.37.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Hs 129 is a pure ground attack aircraft, designed mostly to take out tanks and armored vehicles. The anti-tank gun PaK 40 is capable of knocking out medium tanks, while the 7,92mm LMGs can destroy armored cars and mobile AAAs. The plane is both slow and sluggish, meaning that it practically has to go after ground targets, but the armament and armor somewhat compensate for that and enable the plane to take out nearly all ground targets except pillboxes and heavy tanks.

The plane is very heavy, which makes it nearly impossible to take out fighters, even most medium bombers are more maneuverable, however the plane is heavily armored, so it can last a while even under heavy fire, even to such a degree that some planes run out of ammunition before taking out a Henschel.

Vehicle characteristics

The Hs 129B's instrument panel.

Tactics

The Hs 129 B-3 is capable of killing most mission relevant ground targets. Tanks of all sorts as well as light pillboxes can be destroyed in one hit, provided armor piercing ammunition is used. Thanks to the 13 shells available, this can make a single Hs 129 B-3 a game-changing aircraft.

The Hs 129, however, does have major drawbacks. Its engines are weak which results in poor top speed, acceleration and climbrate. This, combined with the armor of nearly one ton weight, makes it perform poorly in air combat and very vulnerable to attacks of enemy fighters. This, however, goes so far that sometimes enemy pilots underestimate the Hs 129 and overshoot it after a tight turn, which gives the Hs 129 pilot a moderate chance of defending himself.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The combination of the 7.92 mm machine guns and the 75 mm anti-tank gun can make short work of armored columns.
  • A well timed shot from the 75mm gun when firing High Explosive can tear an aircraft apart.
  • Extremely effective in tank RB when your team has air superiority. The 75mm can take out even the most heavily armoured allied tanks.
  • The 7.62mm machine guns allow you to engage unarmoured targets without wasting your 75mm ammunition.
  • Can take a fair amount of punishment.
  • Quite a stable gun platform.

Cons:

  • Extremely slow from under-powered engines.
  • Very poor climb rate.
  • Not particularly maneuverable.
  • Poor energy retention.
  • Damage to engines can sometimes make you lose power to the extent that you simply fall out of the sky.
  • No defensive armament means you are a "sitting duck" (haha...) in some combat situations. Having no friendly fighters in the air can be a problem.
  • The above cons make you an easy target for enemy fighters.

Specifications

Armaments

  • 1 x 75 mm BK 7,5 cannon, belly-mounted (13 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun, fuselage-mounted (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Gnome Rhone Baumuster 14M 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 517 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 620 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 419 kg
Name: Gnome Rhone Baumuster 14M 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 511 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 614 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 419 kg
Name: Gnome Rhone Baumuster 14M 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 511 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 614 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 419 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 418 km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: 30.2 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 405 km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: 31.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 5.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 405 km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: 31.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 5.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,550 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 331 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)



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0.32
0.64
0.96
1.28
1.6
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair, Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair, Engine Offensive 75 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 75 mm cannons

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the Hs 129 series from live.warthunder

Additional information (links)

[Ugly Ducklings] - Hs 129

References


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Icon-country-der.png Hs.129B-3
Nation Germany
Type Attackers
Heavy Attacker
Fighting style Ground Attack
Tank Hunter

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~4000 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~4340 kg
Takeoff Weight ~5250 kg
Wing Area ~29 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 580 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~319.68 kph at 3550 m
Climb Rate ~8.25 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~219.60 kph
Turn Time ~31.11 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~138.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~8818 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~9568 lb
Takeoff Weight ~11574 lb
Wing Area ~312 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 580 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~198.64 mph at 11647 m
Climb Rate 27.07 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~136.45 mph
Turn Time 31.11 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~28.26 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
1 x 75 mm BK 7,5 13 rpg
2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 1000 rpg
Limits
Max Speed limit 700 kph
Gear lmit 450 kph
Max static +G's ~13
Max static -G's ~13
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <310 kph
Rudder <320 kph
Elevators <300 kph
Radiator >230 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 435 mph
Gear lmit 280 mph
Max static +G's ~13
Max static -G's ~13
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <193 mph
Rudder <199 mph
Elevators <187 mph
Radiator >143 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
3000 m
9843 ft
100% Enginepower 1300 hp
WEP Enginepower 1530 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)