Whirlwind Mk I
|This page is about the aircraft Whirlwind Mk I. For the other version, see Whirlwind P.9|
The Whirlwind Mk I is a Rank III British strike and twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/SB) and 4.0 (RB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".
| Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 420||< 420||< 450||> 324|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|4,575 m||885 hp||?,??? hp|
Survivability and armour
- 60 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
- 9 mm Steel plates in the nose.
- 4 mm Steel plate in pilot’s seat.
- 6 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
- Critical components located at the front and in the wings of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
- More fuel tanks located in outer wings
The Whirlwind Mk I is armed with:
- 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.I cannons, nose-mounted (60 RPG = 240 total)
Usage in the battles
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Controllable||Controllable||Controllable||Separate||Not ontrollable||Not controllable|
Pros and cons
- Devastating nose-mounted 20mm Hispano armament.
- Great for head-ons.
- Good turn rate when upgraded for a twin engined fighter.
- Poor climb rate.
- Under-powered engines.
- Drum-fed Hispano Mk1s. Only 60 rounds per gun. You must make every round count.
- Inaccurate Hispano Mk1 cannons. Precise aiming is hard.
- Poor roll rate
- Quite slow level flight speed
- Unfavorable matchmaking puts you up against some very challenging opponents
The Westland Whirlwind was designed after a specification was issued by the British Air Ministry. The specification called for a cannon-armed day and night fighter. The Air Ministry wanted a top speed of at least 530 km/h at an altitude of 4,600m. Out of five designs offered by the companies. The Air Ministry decided to go with Westland's design for several important reasons. The cannon was mounted on the nose so that the recoil does not affect the accuracy of the gun. There were also no convergence problem as compared to other single-engine fighters with wing mounted guns. The requirements also led to the world's first bubble canopies on a plane. However the decision to arm the Spitfire with cannon and the development of other twin engine fighters such as the Bristol Beaufighter has led Fighter Command to use the Whirlwind less and less as the war progressed. The first batch of Rolls-Royce Peregrine engines were also delayed. It was also found that the engine was severely under-powered and the drum magazines used to feed the cannons were small in capacity. All of this has resulted in the Whirlwind's cancellation and resulted in the plane only equipping two RAF squadrons.
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|Britain strike and twin-engine fighters|
|Single-engined||Hurricane Mk IV · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P) · ▄Hellcat Mk II|
|Beaufighter||Beaufighter Mk VIc · Beaufighter Mk X · Beaufighter Mk 21|
|Naval||Firefly F Mk I · Firefly FR Mk V · Firebrand TF Mk IV|
|Mosquito||Mosquito FB Mk VI · Mosquito FB Mk XVIII|
|Whirlwind||Whirlwind Mk I · Whirlwind P.9|