Whirlwind Mk I

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Whirlwind Mk I
whirlwind_mk1.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
4.7/4.0/4.7BR
1 personCrew
4.1 tEmpty weight
5.2 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
9 144 mCeiling
sec35.9/35.9/30.0Turn Time
116 km/hStalling speed
2 х Rolls-Royce Peregrine IEngine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
676 km/hStructural
265 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm Hispano Mk.I cannonWeapon 1
240 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
2 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
Economy
50 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
190 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 480 / 3 112/4 500 / 5 647/1 860 / 2 334Repair
55 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
190 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
700 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.54 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Whirlwind Mk I. For the other version, see Whirlwind P.9

Description

GarageImage Whirlwind Mk I.jpg


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".

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
554 543 9 144 24.5 25.2 10.5 12.2 650
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at ?,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
607 580 9 144 21.7 23.0 21.3 15.0 650

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
+ -
676 265 490 ~10 ~5
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 420 < 420 < 450 > 324
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
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

Armaments

Offensive armament

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)

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Devastating nose-mounted 20mm Hispano armament.
  • Great for head-ons.
  • Good turn rate when upgraded for a twin engined fighter.

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
  • Unfavorable matchmaking puts you up against some very challenging opponents

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

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Read also

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Sources

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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
  Hornet Mk.III