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It's not the first plane in the game with this engine configuration, but it is one of the first bombers added with the "Push-Pull" engine configuration, the N.C.223.3.
The N.C.223.3 was part of the F.220 family of plane models developed by the Farman Aviation Works company. If it looks strikingly familiar to the F.222.2 bomber, that's because the N.C.223 was the successor of that design!
Improvements over the F.222 were:
The bomber's distinctive traits come in its bomb capacity and engine mount. The N.C.223.3, like its predecessor, can carry a whopping total of 52 of the 50 kg bombs in its bomb bay, carrying the largest number of bombs in a plane in the game! The engine mount on the wings is in a configuration known as "push-pull" with each engine contributing to a collective thrust, with the front "pulling" the aircraft forwards while the rear engine "pushes" the aircraft.
As part of a history trivia, the N.C.223.3 was the first bomber to drop bombs over Berlin, Germany. Dropping them during the Battle of France on 07 June 1940.
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Panzerjäger I - The first German Tank Hunter
There is no need to introduce German tank destroyers, serving during the World War 2. But only one of them was the first German dedicated tank destroyer – the small and light Panzerjäger I. In War Thunder, if you just started your way down the German ground forces technological tree, the Panzerjäger I will be your first tank destroyer as well, being a rank I vehicle with the BR value of 1.7.
The Panzerjäger I’s story start with the PzKpfw I German light tank. This tank, originally designed to be a training vehicle, was armed only with dual rifle-calibre machine guns, and was thus absolutely unfit for combatting enemy armour – a weakness discovered during the Spanish Civil War. Despite that, the Panzer I continued to be used as a frontline vehicle even during initial campaigns of the Second World War. Even before the outbreak of the war, the tank was however already hopelessly obsolete with its machine-gun only armament and light armour, and was next to useless in frontline service.
Germany however possessed hundreds of them in 1939, and the idea to simply phase them out was considered to be potential waste of good chassis. An idea was thus proposed to convert PzKpfw I tanks into an interim light tank destroyer, a vehicle specially designed to combat enemy tanks. During the conversion process, the running gear and chassis were unchanged. The turret was removed and replaced by a lightly armoured casemate, which was open from the top and from the rear (very similar conversion resulted in the Flakpanzer I anti-aircraft vehicle, also available in War Thunder). The new vehicle was designated as the Panzerjäger I ("Tank Hunter").
-Author: Jan "RayPall" Kozák
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