N.C.223.3

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General info

The N.C.223.3 in the garage.

The N.C.223.3 is a Rank I French heavy bomber with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The N.C.223.3 presents the role of an early heavy bomber for France. With its large payload, huge size, numerous engines, and 20 mm defense armaments, the N.C.223.3 can absorb many shots and yet travel far enough to drop the payload onto the target.

Vehicle characteristics

The N.C.223.3, as a derivative of the Farman F.220 plane model, looks strikingly similar to the F.222.2 bomber, yet different as well. The biggest difference is the twin rudder on the tail that helps improve stability and yaw control. The plane overall design was also made more aerodynamic as part of the improvement, the nose section is made a tad shorter, and the plane uses Hispano-Suiza 12Y-29 engines rather than the previous Gnome Rhone model. Defense armaments were also improved with two Hispano cannons as the rear ventral and dorsal turret armament.

The N.C.223.3 is made distinctive with its push-pull engine configuration, stacking the engine on each side in tandem for the effect where the forward engine "pulls" the plane while the rear engine "pushes" the plane. This lowered the amount of engines having to protrude from the wing, while keeping the engine centerline so that one failed engine in a side will not prevent the other to provide a similar thrust force.

In the default camouflage scheme, the N.C.223.3 is coated in the French standard aircraft tri-color camouflage, which consisted of Vert (Green), Brun Mat (Matt brown), and Gris Bleu foncé (Dark blue gray). The underside of the aircraft was painted in Gris Bleu Clair (Light blue gray). The French roundel is present twice on the left side, one on the N.C.223.3 fuselage and one on top of the wing. Final note of appearance is the French national tri-color markings on the tail plane and rudder.

Tactics

Like its predecessor, the F.222.2, the NC 223.3 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 armoured cars and AAA it crosses paths with. However, 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. However, it is still capable of turning entire columns of medium tanks to flaming scrap if escorted in higher level battles.

Keep in mind, however, that you are slow and cumbersome, and the powerful 20mm turrets have a blind spot forward of the wing and above the lower fuselage line. Taking an enemy fighter (especially Italian or French) head-on is suicide.

Specific enemies worth noting

The N.C.223.3 needs to worry about high-flying aircraft with large numbers of heavy machine guns or cannons. Some planes like the French like the D.501 and the Potez 630 are equipped with 20mm Hispano cannons that can mess up the components. The typical Italian dual 12.7 mm HMG setup will also make short work of this aircraft, not to mention the firepower of the American M2 Browning aircraft set ups.

Counter-tactics

When facing the N.C.223.3, the worse way to attack this bomber is to go attack it from behind. Attacking from behind the NC.223.3 will allow its 20 mm Hispano cannons to shoot and cripple if not out right destroy your plane. Don't mingle around the top sides as well, the top dorsal turret with its 20 mm Hispano could also blast apart a plane if it gets a bead on. The recommended way to bring down a N.C.223.3 is to attack head on as head on attacks will cripple it.

Attempting to take down the engines is a good way to really stop a N.C.223.3, but the pull-push configuration of the engine could protect one engine side with the broken hulk of the other, so heavy and prolonged firepower may be needed to really knock out the engines. It may be more efficient to instead focus on shearing off one of the large wings of the N.C.223.3.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Strong defensive firepower.
  • The N.C.223.3 currently has the largest payload available from any other Rank I bombers, rivaling even Rank III and IV heavy bombers.
  • Engines away from the wing fuselage.
  • Addition of takeoff flaps make taking of from a airfield easier than in the F.222.
  • Durable.
  • Has two pilots.
  • Somehow fast, despite it's size.
  • Internal payload doesn't really affect it's performance except rate of climb.
  • Can potentially win games by outright destroying the airfields when played in groups.
  • Large wings but are not littered with fuel tanks.

Cons:

  • Low maneuverability at high speeds.
  • Massive target.
  • Poor Acceleration.
  • Weak from the front.
  • 20mm turrets don't carry a lot of ammo and have a very long reload.
  • No armour.
  • Tail design creates blind spots for gunners.
  • You need to invest a large amount of crew points to be effective in the N.C.223.3, especially the gunners and reload time.
  • Being a Rank I, it has a .3 multiplier for SL rewards, so you will find yourself in a hard time earning SL with the N.C.223.3, despite it being able to earn a lot of it by bombing enemy bases.

Specifications

Armaments

Defensive armaments

  • 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, dorsal turret (240 rpg)
  • 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, ventral turret (240 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)

Payloads

  • 52 x 50 kg G.A.M.MN 50 bombs
  • 7 x 100 kg №.1 bombs + 5 x 200 kg №.1 bombs
  • 12 x 100 kg №.1 bombs + 15 x 200 kg №.1 bombs

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Hispano-Suiza 12Y-29 12-cylinder inline x4
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 738 hp (Stock), 901 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 838 hp (Stock), 1001 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 500 kg
Name: Hispano-Suiza 12Y-29 12-cylinder inline x4
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 730 hp (Stock), 810 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 830 hp (Stock), 910 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 500 kg
Name: Hispano-Suiza 12Y-29 12-cylinder inline x4
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 730 hp (Stock), 810 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 830 hp (Stock), 910 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 500 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 379 km/h
    • at height: 4,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: 30.1 s
  • Rate of Climb: 3.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 520 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 422 km/h
    • at height: 4,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: 28.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 11.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 520 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 369 km/h
    • at height: 4,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: 30.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 520 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 400 km/h
    • at height: 4,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: 29.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 520 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 369 km/h
    • at height: 4,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: 30.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 520 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 400 km/h
    • at height: 4,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,000 m
  • Turn Time: 29.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 520 m

Performance

N.C.223.3/Horsepower graph

Modules and improvements

When upgrading this plane, the first upgrade to get is the 200GPs as that will get you the heavier payload. After that focus on improving your defensive firepower and plane performance.

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] NC.223.3: let nobody leave unsatisfied!

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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