S.O.4050 Vautour IIB
2 x 750 lb M117 cone 90 bombSetup 3
|This page is about the French jet bomber S.O.4050 Vautour IIB. For other versions, see S.O.4050 Vautour IIA and Vautour IIA IDF/AF (France).|
The S.O.4050 Vautour IIB is a Rank V French jet bomber with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".
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|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
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|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
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|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
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Survivability and armour
- 50 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot.
- 13.5 mm Steel plate behind the pilot's head.
- 6 + 13.5 mm Steel plate in nose.
- 3 mm Steel shell surrounding the cockpit in the fuselage.
- 2 mm Steel plate behind the fuel cells.
- 2 mm Steel plate in the tail.
The S.O.4050 Vautour IIB can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
- 10 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (2,500 lb total)
- 10 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (5,000 lb total)
- 10 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (7,500 lb total)
- 6 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 Fin M129 bombs (6,000 lb total)
Usage in the battles
There are two ways you can go about using the Vautour IIb, either dive or keep your altitude from your air spawn.
One way of playing the Vautour IIb is diving a tactic also known as rushing into a base bombing point and bombing it. This comes with it's pros and cons.
Pros of diving:
- Guaranteed to bomb a base if it's a small enough map
- You can return to base quicker
- Use your insane top speed to your advantage
Cons of diving:
- Depends on the map; some don't work as well for this tactic
- Lose your altitude
- No offensive armament so you can't head on enemies
- Keeping your altitude
The other way of using the Vautour IIb is by keeping your altitude and climbing and then using your bombsight to bomb a base.
Pros in staying at high altitude:
- You are safer
- Don't lose your altitude
- Can be used on any map
Cons in staying at high altitude:
- Bombing can be inaccurate at high speed and high altitude
- Longer to reach bombing point
- In an up-tier situation, F-100s may catch you and destroy you before reaching the bombsite
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
|Controllable||Not controllable||Combined||Controllable||Not controllable|
Pros and cons
- Insane acceleration
- Climbs exceptionally well without ordnance
- Energy retention is great
- Airbrakes, you will need them to avoid compressing in a dive
- Guaranteed profit every game
- Lacks the rocket payload options of the Vautour IIA
- Compresses at high speed
- Massive penalties in-flight performance when carrying full payloads
- Turns like a brick
- Roll rate is also unimpressive
- Fragile engines; a hit to an engine will make you easy prey for enemy fighters
- Relies heavily on team support even more than the Vautour IIA does
- Massive target
- No offensive armament
- 110% will easily overheat your engines after short use
The S.O.4050 Vautour IIB was developed by Sud Aviation after World War Two to meet the demand for the French Armeè de l'Air. This was a challenging task, after the German occupation in France. Many aircraft design teams have scattered. France was also new to the new jet propulsion area. The requirements issued by the French government called for a jet-powered multi-role attack aircraft that can perform as a bomber, low-level attack aircraft, and an all-weather interceptor. SNCASO met those requirements with a modified version of the S.O 4000. The new plane was designated the S.O.4050 Vautour and was manufactured in three different variants. The plane would serve in the AdA for several decades before replaced the newer Dassault Mirage. The Vautour was also one of the stop-gap measures used by the AdA as a nuclear deterrent. The Vautour would later be exported to Israel and serve with the IAF to counter Egypt's IL-28 twin-engine bomber.
The IIB, which differed from the previous IIA by adding a second crew member in a transparent nose, was a dedicated bomber variant. Its prototype first flew in December 1954. In total 40 of the IIB would be built. All were sold along with all of France's Vautour IIAs to Israel in 1960.
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