Stirling B Mk I

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Stirling B Mk I
General characteristics
7 peopleCrew
21.1 tEmpty weight
31.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
6 098 mCeiling
sec51.0/51.0/50.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
4 х Bristol Hercules XIEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
498 km/hStructural
258 km/hGear
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
4 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
4 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
2 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
27 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
27 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
9 х M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombSetup 3
36 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
140 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 992 / 6 230/4 752 / 5 930/1 990 / 2 483Repair
39 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
140 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
590 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.48 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Stirling B Mk I. For the other version, see Stirling B Mk III


GarageImage Stirling B Mk I.jpg

The Stirling B Mk I is a Rank III British bomber with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB) and 5.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.55 "Royal Armour".

The Stirling B MkI plays as a standard long range bomber. Climbing to high altitudes and using alternative routes to bomb targets to prevent engagement is recommended as the Stirling B MkI likely wont survive any. It is not well defended at all with low calibre machine guns, which is less effective at the battle rating of 4.3/5.0. It is extremely flammable and fragile when engaged with cannons, although it may survive machine gun fire lower than 10mm calibre.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,268 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
369 358 6 098 52.4 53.8 5.3 5.3 1,170
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,268 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 6 098  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ???


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
498 258 217 ~1 ~1
Optimal velocities
< 350 < 350 < 350 > 270
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
762 m 5,300 hp 6,625 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,267 m 4,800 hp 6,000 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8 mm Steel plate in the left pilot's seat.
  • 9 mm Steel plate in front of engine cooling systems.
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located in the wings of aircraft (fuel, engine, controls)


Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Stirling B Mk I can be outfitted with the following ordinance"

  • 27 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 27 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 9 x M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs

Defensive armament

The Stirling B Mk I is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, nose turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, ventral turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, tail turret (1,000 rpg = 4,000 total)

Usage in the battles


The StirlingB MkI is very large and very heavy. It has multiple loadout options of bombs, which can get 3 bases with its heaviest bombload. This is also the heaviest bombload at its tier.


Its onboard LMG defensive armament most probably will not be effective against targets at 4.3/5.0. Defensive armament does not have 360º coverage, although it is somewhat effective against lower attacks from behind, where you can fire belly and tail guns in unison.


The StirlingB MkI has 4 engines with enormous wing surface area, It makes for a good climb rate but it also struggles with heavier bombloads. Fortunately, the control surfaces are extremely large as well, which helps a lot with controlling the plane.


The Stirling has a huge payload but delivering it may be challenging. This is because the plane is very weak for a BR 5.0. Going straight to bomb and enemy base as soon as you spawn is suicide. Keep in mind that if an enemy plane finds you, you are dead. It is much bigger than a Wellington and catches fire easier; a short burst from a Bf 109 or La-7 and you go down in flames. Stay away from any enemy plane if possible as your defensive armament is almost useless and you can only rely on stealth (WWII Stirlings were used primarily on night missions). Depending on the map, you can choose to go at tree top level, or take a long route away from the combat zone, hidden in the clouds. When attacking ground targets at low altitude, pay attention to anti-aircraft guns and trucks, they can set you on fire easily.

Specific enemies worth noting

Any fighter is very dangerous for the StirlingB MkI. The Bf 109, La-5, La-7, A6M, and the C.205 are the most lethal targets. If any risk of engagement is present, the player should seek for a fighter support.


Directly firing and not using any tactics is enough to kill the StirlingB MkI. Its defensive armament can be ignored, although attacking from the top will minimize damage. Aiming at wings where the fuel tanks are will most probably result in a fire is recommended.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Rear gunner and top fuselage gunner can fire in unison (If the rear gunner gets knocked-out, The top gunner will still be able to defend)
  • Best payload at rank III, enough to destroy 3 bases


  • Not "short" at all
  • Cannot take many hits
  • Flammable
  • Mediocre LMG defence
  • Almost no armour
  • Vulnerable fuel tanks
  • Very bad climb rate with full payload
  • Sways very heavily in RB when trying to climb
  • Huge glass cockpit means near-certain death from head-on attacks


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Dive  V-156-B1
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Wellington  Wellington Mk Ic · Wellington Mk Ic /Late · Wellington Mk III · Wellington Mk X
Halifax  Halifax B Mk IIIa
Stirling  Stirling B Mk I · Stirling B Mk III
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