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  • The LaGG-3-4 is the rarest plane and overall vehicle in the game? Only given to developers and a handful users on special occasions.
  • The BV 238 is the largest plane with a wingspan of ~60m? It is also the first with 6 engines.
    • Second place is shared by the B-29/Tu-4 at ~43m.
    • Third and longest time original holder goes to the G5N1 at ~42m.
  • The Italian S.M.79 Sparvieros, S.M.81 and Z.1007 Alciones are the only planes with 3 engines?
  • The Beaufort Mk VIII with its RAAF livery counts towards Australian achievement progress making it the only non-premium plane to do so?
  • The most numerous aircraft models in the game are tied between the Supermarine Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters with 19 units each? 17 British, 1 American and 1 Russian Spitfire and 16 German, 1 American, 1 Japanese and 1 Italian Bf 109!
    • The most numerous bomber model is SM.79 Sparviero with 7 aircraft in German and 5 in Italian tree giving 12 in total!


  • The Mk 103 HVAP belt can destroy all AI tanks and light pillboxes, but not destroyers and big pillboxes?
  • The USSR never received the 37mm armour-piercing rounds for their lend-lease P-39s? This can be seen in their respective ingame belts.
  • The US .50 caliber Browning M2 and M3 machine guns can destroy light pillboxes with the ground target belt?
  • The most offensive cannons on an aircraft goes to the Do 217N-2 with 8x 20mm MG 151/20. However four of them are mounted as "Schräge Musik" (they face ~30° upwards).
  • The planes with the most weapons total are the A-26B-50, PBJ-1J and BV-238? The A-26B-50 has a total of 18 (fourteen offensive M2 Brownings in the nose and wings and four Brownings in defensive turrets), as does the PBJ-1J (12x M2 Browinings in the nose and 6 in defensive turrets) and BV-238 (16x 13mm MG 131 machine guns and two MG 151/20 cannons in defensive turrets).
  • With 3000 rounds per minute, the American 20 mm M168 Vulcan gatling gun on the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System is the fastest firing weapon in the game?
  • The F-82E Twin Mustang with the NAGP.1 machine gun pod has the most offensive machine guns on any aircraft in game? 14x caliber .50 Browning M3 machine guns! That's even more than the B-17 and B-29!


  • Torpedoes can destroy bridges, if they hit the pillars?
    • Furthermore, they can destroy tanks and floatplanes if they're in the water?
    • As most torpedoes travel at certain depths, they will detonate upon impact on shore? With a radius and penetration exceeding 30m and 300mm, killing tanks in the direct vicinity of their explosion is possible.
  • Most bombs are general-purpose bombs (medium capacity) i.e. their pure explosive content is 50% of the bombs total weight?
  • 48 R4M rockets from the Me 262 are enough to kill a bombing point?
  • The P-47 Thunderbolt can carry 1774kg of explosives? That is more than any attacker except for the F-82E with 2x 2000lbs (1814kg).
  • Rockets can be shot down mid-air by gun fire?

Controls and Mechanics:

  • Your aiming reticle in Arcade adjusts for the largest gun? Thus with the P-39 only one caliber (the slower 37mm, not faster 7.7mm) will hit in turn-fights.
  • You can open your cockpit canopy in mid-flight and potentially rip it off?
  • By binding a button to "Manual Engine Control" under the "Full Aircraft Control" tab in the controls menu, you can control the engine settings manually in RB and SB, even when using Mouse Aim controls and potentially achieve better performance.

Speed records:

  • The fastest aircraft and vehicle ingame is the Hunter F.1, at a top speed of 1193 km/h
  • Slowest plane is the gloriously 2 OP Po-2! Made from Stalin's mustache itself, it can defy every law of gravity and Newton!
  • Shortest turn time of any aircraft is shared between the Gladiator Mk. II and the premium Tuck's Gladiator Mk II (13.1 s)
  • The P-47's maximum dive speed tops that of the Yak-15?
  • Most Rank IV fighters can beat early jets in turning fights?

Ground Vehicles

  • You can set up a "tank drive forward" command in tank-controls? It's called cruise-control and can be found in the "Realistic controls" tab. Buttons Q or E are advised.
  • Manual transmission is an option available in the controls menu. You can potentially get your tank's engine to perform better by working the gears yourself!
  • There is a driver's view and even binoculars? Go into controls and click on "tank controls". The key to enter it can be set up there. This is also the same way you can enable binoculars.
  • Different steel types exist for armour? Every metal has its own modifier e.g. cast steel is only 90% as strong as rolled homogeneous steel (which is the standard armour plate). All part of the damage mechanics.
  • Reducing the vehicle's ammo load affects the ammo storage by making the explosion chance smaller and impossible if there is no ammo in the rack?
  • At a distance of more than 600m, the Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger H1 cannot penetrate the frontal armour of the M4A3E2 Sherman Jumbo and vice versa.
  • The Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus is still the heaviest tank ever built (weighing in at an immense 188 metric tons), more than three times as much as the M1A2 Abrams!
  • The M4 Sherman's petrol engine wasn't the main cause of fires? It was actually the ammunition stowed throughout the entire hull that made the Sherman more likely to "brew-up" than other tanks at the time. This was fixed with the introduction of "wet stowage".
  • Exploding ammunition can damage or destroy adjacent tanks or low flying aircraft?
  • A tank's explosion can harm nearby allied vehicles, air and ground?
  • Did you know that when you spot a tank in binocular view you can bring your gun on it by pressing left click and then quickly change to gunner view? This way you will not lose your target.
    • Also, holding the Left Ctrl key will make your turret follow where ever you point your binoculars at
  • Most Soviet vehicles are far less prone to fires thanks to running on diesel instead of gasoline?
  • Some vehicles have the same top speed forward and in reverse? The Ferdinand, Maus and Jpz 4-5 are examples.
  • Internal armor under the Maus turret is 50mm with additional armour plates with 20mm thickness?
  • A tank can display up to 350 impact craters on its surface? Each linked-texture-face of a tank will store about 80-100 of these decals. A ground vehicle has about 3-5 of these linked texture faces (the armour plates on which "two sided" works for icons in customization).
  • The aircraft crew skills Repair Speed and Repair Rank of the ground services also affect (non-auto) repair times for ground vehicles in the garage?
  • HESH ammunition does not care about armor slopes? Just aim for a base armor that is thin enough for the HESH to blast through!
  • The switch from homogeneous steel armor to composite ones used today is due to development of guided missiles with HEAT warheads?
  • Missile aiming differs from arcade and realistic modes? Arcade always uses the simpler (mouse-control) SACLOS guidance system while Realistic accurately uses either the (keyboard-control) MCLOS or SACLOS depending on the tank/missile system used. See this page for more information!
  • The reserve LVT(A)-1 is roughly as large as the Top Tier PzKpfw VIII Maus?
  • The "oldest" ground vehicle in War Thunder is the British A1E1 Independent (prototype made in 1926) whereas the "newest" is the Japanese Type 87 (production 1987)?
  • There are 21 M4 Sherman tank variants in the game?! 11 American, 1 German, 1 Russian, 3 British, 1 Japanese, and 4 French!
    • The second most numerous tank model at 14 units is the T-34! All, except one in the German tree, belong in the Russian tree line.
    • The third most common tank model is the KV, with a total of 13 variants! There are three German KVs, and the remainder are in the Russian tree.
  • The vehicle with the worst gun depression in-game is the BM-13N "Katyusha" launcher, with a stunning +8° depression. Yes, not a negative. Though this is mitigated by an adjustable suspension.

Speed records:

  • The Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Puma is the fastest land vehicle in the game with a top speed of approximately 100 km/h on road in Arcade and 90 km/h on road in Realistic/Simulator.
    • The second fastest speedster (and fastest proper Tank) in the game is the Ru 251 clocking 89 km/h (55 mph) on road in Arcade and 80 km/h (50 mph) on road in Realistic/Simulator.
  • The slowest vehicle: The Doom Turtle itself - the T95 at 12 kph (7.5 mph).
  • The fastest reverse speed in game is the Jpz. 4-5.

Maps & Missions

  • On Poland and Eastern Europe, small vehicles as the M22, Panzer IV and Panzer III can drive through the gatehouses in the town?
  • Parts of the bridge on C point of ground map Tunisia can be destroyed? Creative usage of it had led to entries on many Thunder Show episodes.
  • You can download fan-made single player missions? Either click here for the wiki guide, or here to get to the official download centre
  • On Korea, if you bomb the enemy bridge, whoever has the most objectives on the airfield side usually wins? Go for those light pillboxes or Light Tank columns!
  • There is a smaller Ruhr map for Rank 1 aircraft so they don't have to travel as far as the Rank 2-4's?
  • There is an event called "Fight of the Swallows"? AI B-17 with P-51D-5 and P-51D-20 NA escorts versus the Me 262A-1.
  • In the Divide and Conquer single mission one of the secondary objectives require to shoot down a Ju 52 cargo plane?

Game Mechanics

  • You can download new paint jobs for your plane or tank? Follow our guide here on the Wiki to learn more.
  • Every vehicle can be customized with up to four decals? Right click on the plane icon and then on the brush to enter the "sticker mode" (customization). From here you can also select downloaded paint patterns and camouflages.
  • You are now able to zoom into the mini-map by moving your mouse cursor over the map and scrolling in? You need to assign the following settings to be able to do this: in control settings, make sure "show mouse cursor" is enabled.
  • As of update 1.73 "Vive la France", you can now create your own custom sights for tanks in War Thunder. A few tanks have their own sights installed already, such as the Fiat P40.
    • Also, as of update ( in November 9, 2017, the possibility of creating working German Radial sights has been enabled as seen as an example here for the Tiger I sight.
  • Pressing with the cursor on the map seen while pressing "M" will signal the team to pay attention to the specific sector?


  • You can get your own wiki profiles? Just click on your name at the top of page and edit away.
  • Anyone can edit anything on the wiki? Just sign in to your game account and happy editing!
    • Every edit has to be approved by a wiki moderator? And each edit has your name on it? Don't be foolish or you may just get a ban hammer!
  • The longest history section on the wiki is the M551 Sheridan? It clocks at 1,953 words!