Hornet Mk.I

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This page is about the premium British twin-engine fighter Hornet Mk.I. For the regular version, see Hornet Mk.III.
Hornet Mk.I
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Hornet Mk.I
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The Hornet Mk.I is a premium rank IV British twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB), 6.0 (RB), and 5.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update "Hot Tracks".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 791 m756 km/h
Turn time25 s
Max altitude11 500 m
EngineRolls-Royce Merlin 131
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight9 t

For pilots who loved the Mosquito, the Hornet is a dream come true. As a descendant of the Mosquito FB Mk VI, it maintains many similarities to its older brother, namely an all-wooden construction and the iconic de Havilland tail design. However, the Hornet somehow managed to improve on the already excellent Mosquito platform, increasing speed, manoeuvrability and armament while reducing overall aircraft proportions. From takeoff and into its flight, the Hornet is an overall smooth operator with brutal speed, reaching easily over 600 km/h in level flight at 4,000 m, insane climb rate, and excellent manoeuvrability for a twin-engined fighter. However, it's still a twin-engined fighter which means it can still be outmanoeuvred by most single-engined opponents it faces. Being a predecessor to the regular tech-tree variant Hornet Mk.III, its flight performance is slightly worse but barely noticeable.

The consideration in buying this plane should rely on the experience already gathered with other twin-engined fighters, although when flying this plane is mastered, it's excellent at grinding out the British prop-ranks.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,791 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 716 696 11500 26.4 27.5 19.1 19.1 500
Upgraded 804 756 24.0 25.0 34.3 25.2


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
826 324 370 356 287 ~9 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 420 < 390 < 450 > 324

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear324 km/h
  • 38 mm bulletproof glass - armoured windscreen
  • 12.7 mm steel plate in front of cockpit
  • 12.7 mm steel plate behind pilot
  • 2 x 3mm steel box behind the cockpit
  • All fuel is stored in the wings
  • All critical components are in the front of the aircraft, with only tail controls in the rear

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 600 Sl icon.png
RB6 200 Sl icon.png
SB5 300 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts320 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 050 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 240 / 320 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 172 / 172 / 172 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Engine injection
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HMBC mk.2
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GRC mk.8
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HLBC mk.2
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HRC mk.9
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HRC mk.8


Offensive armament

Ammunition760 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: Hispano Mk.V (20 mm)

The Hornet Mk.I is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannons, chin-mounted (190 rpg = 760 total)

Suspended armament

List of setups (11)
Setup 12 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bomb
Setup 22 x 1000 lb M.C. Mk.I bomb
Setup 34 x AP Mk I rockets
4 x AP Mk I rockets
Setup 44 x AP Mk II rockets
4 x AP Mk II rockets
Setup 54 x RP-3 rockets
4 x RP-3 rockets
Setup 62 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bomb
2 x AP Mk I rockets
2 x AP Mk I rockets
Setup 72 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bomb
2 x AP Mk II rockets
2 x AP Mk II rockets
Setup 82 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bomb
2 x RP-3 rockets
2 x RP-3 rockets
Setup 92 x 1000 lb M.C. Mk.I bomb
2 x AP Mk I rockets
2 x AP Mk I rockets
Setup 102 x 1000 lb M.C. Mk.I bomb
2 x AP Mk II rockets
2 x AP Mk II rockets
Setup 112 x 1000 lb M.C. Mk.I bomb
2 x RP-3 rockets
2 x RP-3 rockets

The Hornet Mk.I can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb M.C. Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 8 x AP Mk I rockets
  • 8 x AP Mk II rockets
  • 8 x RP-3 rockets
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs + 4 x AP Mk I rockets (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs + 4 x AP Mk II rockets (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs + 4 x RP-3 rockets (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb M.C. Mk.I bombs + 4 x AP Mk I rockets (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb M.C. Mk.I bombs + 4 x AP Mk II rockets (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb M.C. Mk.I bombs + 4 x RP-3 rockets (2,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

Being a twin-engine fighter, it handles rather poorly when compared to single-engined fighters. It should not be expected to outmanoeuvre enemies, therefore you should really rely on your speed and try to keep you energy advantage. It might be possible to lure enemies into various manoeuvres where the excellent acceleration can be used to your advantage. If you have any experience from similar fighters like the Hornet Mk.III or any Mosquito, you can heavily use that to you advantage. Because the Hornet is an all-wooden construction, its ripping speed and maximum wing overload is rather low compared to other fighters.

When engaging fighters, a BnZ-playstyle should be used. One shouldn't commit to turning with the engaged enemy, because almost every plane, even light bombers will outturn you. The 4x Hispano Mk.Vs mounted in the front of the plane with an ammo pool of 190 rounds per gun, provide excellent firepower. The Hornet should be flown near friendlies because even when it can't get its guns on target, the enemy planes need to evade the bullets, therefore being an easy target to get picked off by allied planes nearby.

Because of its excellent climb rate, the Hornet can also be used as a bomber hunter. In his role, the main focus should lie on getting altitude to engage bombers from above, with far more speed than them. Do not try to spray your guns whilst being near the rear of the bomber, instead focus on one wing, then disengage after you've stricken the bomber.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Combined Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Excellent armament
  • Very good climb rate
  • Very fast, especially at high altitude


  • Poor roll and turn rates
  • Wooden frame is vulnerable to fires and damage dealt from enemies
  • Easily catches fire, the wings are littered with fuel tanks


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See also

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Tempest  Tempest Mk II · Tempest Mk V
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