Wellington Mk Ic/L

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Wellington Mk Ic /Late
wellington_mk1c_late.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.0/2.7/3.0BR
5 peopleCrew
9.2 tEmpty weight
13.6 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
6 500 mCeiling
sec38.8/38.8/35.0Turn Time
145 km/hStalling speed
2 х Bristol Pegasus XVIIIEngine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
530 km/hStructural
264 km/hGear
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Browning machine gun2 х Turret
600 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
4 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
2 400 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
10 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
18 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
9 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 3
2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
6 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 4
2 х 18 inch Mark XII torpedo (1548 lbs)Setup 5
1 х H.C. 4000 lb Mk.II bombSetup 6
Economy
14 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
55 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 008 / 3 753/1 431 / 1 785/1 310 / 1 634Repair
16 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
55 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.30 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Wellington Mk Ic/L. For other uses, see Wellington (Disambiguation)

Description

The Wellington Mk Ic/L in the garage


The Wellington Mk Ic /Late is a Rank II British bomber with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/SB) and 2.7 (RB). This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
361 352 6 500 36.5 37.2 4.1 4.1 877
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
394 378 6 500 33.6 35.0 7.9 5.3 877

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
530 264 400 ~2 ~2
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 290 < 290 < 320 > 180
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,448 m 1,630 hp 1,969 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,696 m 1,500 hp 1,812 hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located in the wings of aircraft (fuel, engine, controls)

Armaments

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Wellington Mk Ic/L can be outfitted with the following ordinance"

  • 10 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 18 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 9 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 6 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs + 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 2 x 18 inch Mark XII torpedoes
  • 1 x H.C. 4,000 lb Mk.II bomb

Defensive armament

The Wellington Mk Ic/L is defended by:

  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, nose turret (1,200 RPG = 2,400 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, tail turret (2,000 RPG = 4,000 total)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, 2 x beam turret (2,500 RPG = 5,000 total)

Usage in the battles

Wellingtons are great Rank 2 turret platforms, wide arcs and stable flight, and except for engine fire are rugged. If your flight controls are shot out, adjustment of engine power will allow stable flight and more opportunities to fight back. Just remember it has only .303 (7mm) mg’s so it is more luck to earn kill with them.

As with all bomber, crew training with at least “Expert Qualification” is important for profitable missions.

Both the UK Wellington and German Mk I’s ("Jelly Well") are identical, the only difference being the UK Mk.1c/Late model was move beam (side) turrets from above the wing to behind it.

Tactics

In AB the winning tactic is to climb high and do base bombing with 500’s “from orbit”; it helps to have escorts.

In RB you air start so you have the advantage to trade altitude for airspeed and bomb ground targets and retreat before ground starting enemy fighters arrive, however be close to friendlies to intercept chasers.

Counter-tactics

If you are attack a Wellington, focus on engines, they are relatively easy to start on fire. While you should not worry too much about the turret, do not hang around either, and dead 6 attack is still dangerous.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

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

The default bomb load is a meagre 10x 250lb (117 kg) so upgrading to 18x 250 or 9x 500 “pounders” (500lb (226 kg) should be task number one. in order: Unlock the Turret 7mm ammo first, then the TC mk.I (torpedo) rack, and then the LBC mk.I. Unlocking the 7mm ammo access “Universal” AP-I load as one works up to the bomb rack for 18x 250 or 9x 500. After that you can pursue your choice of upgrades.

Upgrades to the turret should also be considered. The different belts do not have a considerable effect, but the upgraded turrets allow for a longer rate of fire. Very important for the small rifle calibre machine guns.

However, speed and climb rate is also a necessity and the unlocks help the sluggish Wellington a lot. The decision should depend on the pilots flying style. When rushing in better armament will help in the retreat, but the better performance will aid even more to get to friendly zones.

The sneaky approach on the other hand relies less on speed, but on surviving the random combat encounters. Turret upgrades are here the way to go.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent payload.
  • Versatile payload options.
  • Durable.

Cons:

  • Defensive turrets are easy to take out.
  • Defensive armament is poor.
  • Slow speed.

History

Performance wise, the Wellington was not notably remarkable, its strength lay on the inside. Devised by one of the greatest innovative thinkers in history, Sir Barnes Neville Wallis devised a geodesic (geodetic) structure resulting in an exceptionally strong airframe. Together with Reginald Kirshaw "Rex" Pierson they designed their record making “Vickers Wellesley” opening the way for the “Wellington” and larger “Warwick”. With high aspect ratio wing and spacious fuselage it proved capable of handling a myriad of missions including early airborne radar and robust enough enough to absorb severe damage and fly home. Although the bomb bay configuration limited bomb size its payload was slightly more than the Heinkel He-111H-3 and with greater range. It is also one of the first aircraft to have a powered turret in the extreme tail with a very wide arc; however it still was inadequate to defend itself against attacking fighters and early models lacked self sealing fuel tanks. Still, this aircraft was admired by crews and affectionately called “Wimpy” after Popeye’s hamburger loving friend and sidekick who's full name is J. Wellington Wimpy. Over 11,000 made it equipped many RAF squadrons including those comprised of foreign crews like the Polish (4 squadrons), New Zealand (No. 75), and Czech (No, 311) one of which was captured by Germans who used it for intelligence and training. “Viking”, a passenger transport variant, became the world's first pure jet transport prototype aircraft in 1948.

Media

An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

Read also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

Sources

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  • page on aircraft encyclopedia;
  • other literature.


Britain bombers
Torpedo  Swordfish Mk I · ▄Avenger Mk II
Dive  V-156-B1
Hydroplanes  ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk IIIa · Sunderland Mk V
Light  Blenheim Mk IV · Beaufort Mk VIII · ▄Hudson Mk V · Brigand B 1
Based on A20  ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7
Hampden  Hampden Mk I · Hampden TB Mk I
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
Lancaster  Lancaster B Mk I · Lancaster B Mk III
Lincoln  Lincoln B Mk II
Canberra  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6
Attackers  ▄Wirraway