Whirlwind Mk I

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This page is about the British twin-engine fighter Whirlwind Mk I. For the other version, see Whirlwind P.9.
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Whirlwind Mk I
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Description

The Whirlwind Mk I is a rank IV British twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB), 3.7 (RB), and 4.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 876 m580 km/h
Turn time23 s
Max altitude9 144 m
Engine2 х Rolls-Royce Peregrine I
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight5 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,877 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 559 543 9144 24.2 25.2 12.2 12.2 650
Upgraded 601 580 21.9 23.0 18.2 15.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
676 265 465 433 265 ~11 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 420 < 420 < 450 > 324

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural676 km/h
Gear265 km/h
  • 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.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 760 → 2 210 Sl icon.png
RB6 170 → 7 749 Sl icon.png
SB5 870 → 7 372 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications40 400 Rp icon.png
78 600 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training48 000 Sl icon.png
Experts170 000 Sl icon.png
Aces820 Ge icon.png
Research Aces440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 300 / 570 % Sl icon.png
160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 900 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 900 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
4 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 900 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
6 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
4 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 900 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
6 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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hispano_belt_pack
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 900 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
SBC mk.II
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 900 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
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hispano_mk1_new_gun
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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MBC mk.II
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition240 rounds
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: Hispano Mk.I (20 mm)

The Whirlwind Mk I is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.I cannons, nose-mounted (60 rpg = 240 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups2
List of setups
Setup 12 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 22 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bomb

The Whirlwind Mk I can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (500 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

The Whirlwind Mk I should be used similarly to other heavy fighters. The flight characteristics are very similar to the Whirlwind P.9 with the main difference being significantly less ammo.

The Whirlwind Mk I is very effective in a boom and zoom role due to its good climb rate and powerful armament. However, the relatively low wing break speed in RB does limit you in this role. The Whirlwind Mk I has a good turn rate for a heavy fighter, but will be easily out turned by single-engined fighters. The use of combat flaps will help to balance out this disadvantage. Care must be taken when using the combat flaps, however, as they are prone to snapping off at a relatively low speed.

At this BR you will see many BV 238s and Me 264s. Heading on these bombers will usually guarantee you a kill, but you still need to be careful of the powerful defensive armament of them. The Whirlwind Mk I has relatively little ammunition with only 60 rounds per gun. It is important to be accurate to be successful with this aircraft. To help with accuracy try to get very close to the target before shooting.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Devastating nose-mounted 20mm Hispano armament.
  • Great for head-ons.
  • Good turn rate when upgraded for a twin engined fighter.
  • Able to carry bombs, unlike P.9 Variant

Cons:

  • 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
  • Unfavourable matchmaking puts you up against some very challenging opponents
  • Hispano Mk 1 cannons do not have access to more effective air targets belt

History

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.

Media

See also

External links


Westland Aircraft Limited
Aircraft 
Fighters  Whirlwind Mk I · Whirlwind P.9
Turboprop  Wyvern S4
Helicopters
Attack  AH Mk.1 Apache**
Utility  Scout AH.Mk.1 · Lynx AH.Mk.1 · G-LYNX · Wasp HAS.Mk.1
  *After World War II, Westland Aircraft focused on building helicopters and changed its name to Westland Helicopters.
  **Licensed AH-64D
See Also  Boeing Aircraft

Britain fighters
Fury  Fury Mk I · Fury Mk II
Nimrod  Nimrod Mk I · Nimrod Mk II
Gladiator  Gladiator Mk II · Tuck's Gladiator Mk II · Gladiator Mk IIF · Gladiator Mk IIS
Sea Gladiator  Sea Gladiator Mk I
Hurricane  Hurricane Mk I/L · Hurricane Mk.I/L FAA M · Hurricane Mk IIB/Trop
Sea Hurricane  Sea Hurricane Mk IB · Sea Hurricane Mk IC
MB  MB.5
Spitfire (early-Merlin)  Spitfire Mk Ia · Spitfire Mk IIa · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire Mk IIb · Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · Spitfire Mk Vb · Spitfire Mk Vc/trop · Spitfire Mk Vc
Spitfire (late-Merlin)  Spitfire F Mk IX · Spitfire LF Mk IX · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XVI
Spitfire (Griffon)  Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire F Mk XIVe · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe · Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe · Spitfire F Mk 22 · Spitfire F Mk 24
Seafire  Seafire F Mk XVII · Seafire FR 47
Typhoon  Typhoon Mk Ia · Typhoon Mk Ib · Typhoon Mk Ib/L
Tempest  Tempest Mk II · Tempest Mk V
Sea Fury  Sea Fury FB 11
Twin-engine fighters  Hornet Mk.I · Hornet Mk.III · Whirlwind Mk I · Whirlwind P.9
  Foreign:
Australia  ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II
France  ▄D.520 · ▄D.521
USA  ▄Martlet Mk IV · ▄Corsair F Mk II · ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Thunderbolt Mk.1 · ▄Mustang Mk IA