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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|420px|thumb|left|The '''{{PAGENAME}}''' in the garage]]
 
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} British bomber {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows"]].
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a Rank {{Specs|rank}} British bomber {{Battle-rating|3}}. This aircraft was introduced in [[Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows"]].
 
 
The Halifax is an interesting member of the British bomber line. It is the first true British heavy bomber, a big change from its predecessors, which are all either flying boats, medium, or light bombers. With the transition to heavy bombers, comes a change in tactics. The Halifax will outclass almost every rank 2 and 3 bombers in terms of payload. It will also generally beat every same battle-rated bomber in the payload department as well. However, being a heavy bomber has its drawbacks. Compared to nearly all previous British bombers, this one is slower and has a noticeably slow climb rate. While the payload upgrade is nice, the Halifax is not very durable. Worse, the Halifax lacks effective defensive weapons, a flaw of nearly all British bombers. The main priority, as a result, should be targeting bases and avoiding opposing pilots as much as possible. Use high altitude and less direct travel routes to get to your targets. If you are engaged, your defensive guns can save you, but they are not very reliable. In addition, this bomber does not have any ventral turrets, leaving a massive defensive gap directly under the aircraft. You also only have one singular machine gun able to cover the fore-lower approach to your aircraft and little in the way of armour plating for the pilot other than a steel bulkhead that won't protect against cannon shells or rifle calibre bullets well. However, if you can keep safe and deliver your payload, you will find this to be a very effective bomber.
 
  
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The Halifax is an interesting member of the British bomber line. It is the first true British heavy bomber, a big change from its predecessors, which are all either flying boats, medium, or light bombers. With the transition to heavy bombers, comes a change in tactics. The Halifax will out class almost every tier 2 and 3 bomber in terms of payload. It will also generally beat every same BR bomber in payload as well. However, being a heavy bomber has its draw backs. Compared to nearly all previous British bombers, this one is slower, and has a noticeably slow climb rate. While the payload upgrade is nice, the Halifax is not very durable. Worse, the Halifax lacks effective defensive weapons, a flaw of nearly all British bombers. The main priority, as a result, should be targeting bases, and avoiding opposing pilots as much as possible. Use high altitude and less direct travel routes to get to your targets. If you are engaged, your defensive guns can save you, but they are not very reliable. In addition, you have no ventral turret, leaving a massive defensive gap. If you can keep safe, and deliver your payload, you will find this to be a very effective bomber.
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight performance ===
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=== Flight Performance ===
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[[File:Halifax 3.png|550px|right|thumb|A Halifax in action over Sicily.]]
 
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
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! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" |Take-off run<br>(meters)
 
|-
 
|-
! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
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! AB
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
 
|-
 
|-
| 435 || 419 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 35.0 || 35.8 || 3.8 || 3.8 || 750
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|432||418|| {{Specs|ceiling}} ||35.3||35.8||2.3||3.8||750
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
 
! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,115 m)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,115 m)
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" |Max altitude (meters)
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
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! colspan="2" | Turn time (seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" |Take-off run (meters)
 
|-
 
|-
! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
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! AB
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
 
|-
 
|-
 
| 477 || 454 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 33.2 || 34.0 || 9.9 || 6.5 ||750
 
| 477 || 454 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 33.2 || 34.0 || 9.9 || 6.5 ||750
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|}
 
|}
  
==== Details ====
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====Details====
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
|-
 
|-
! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear
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! Combat flap
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! Take-off flap
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! Landing flap
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! Air brakes
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! Arrestor gear
 
|-
 
|-
 
| ✓ || ✓ || ✓ || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
 
| ✓ || ✓ || ✓ || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
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! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
 
! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
 
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
 
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Combat flaps<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Combat flap<br> (km/h)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
|-
 
|-
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! -
 
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| {{Specs|destruction|constructions}} || {{Specs|destruction|chassis}} || 520 || ~4 || ~3
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| {{Specs|разрушение|конструкции}} || {{Specs|разрушение|шасси}} || ??? || ~?? || ~?
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
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! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
|-
 
|-
| < 350 || < 370 || < 350 || > 280
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| < ??? || < ??? || < ??? || > ???
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
|-
 
|-
| 1,447 m || 1,400 hp || 1,596 hp
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| 2,000 m || ??? hp || ?,??? hp  
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="3" | Setting 2
 
! colspan="3" | Setting 2
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
|-
 
|-
| 4,115 m || 1,300 hp || 1,482 hp
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| 4,300 m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp  
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|-
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! Optimal altitude
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! 100% Engine power
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! WEP Engine power
 
|-
 
|-
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| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp
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|- -->
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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* 6.35 mm steel in front and floor of the cockpit
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* 6.35 mm steel in front and floor of cockpit
* 8 mm steel behind the pilot and in rear fuselage bulkhead
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* 8 mm steel behind pilot and in rear fuselage bulkhead
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* No armour glazing
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* Critical components located in the wings of aircraft (fuel, engine, controls)
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
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{{main|MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)}}
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* 4 x 7.5 mm [[MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)|MAC 1934]] machine guns (300 rpg = 1,200 total)
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=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
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{{main|G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV (250 lb)|G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV (500 lb)|M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I (1,000 lb)}}
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{{main|:Category:Suspended armaments|l1=Suspended armaments}}
  
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordinance"
  
* 15 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (3,750 lb total)
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* 15 x G.P 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
* 15 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (7,500 lb total)
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* 15 x G.P 500 lb Mk.IV bombs
* 9 x 1,000 lb M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs + 6 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (12,000 lb total)
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* 9 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombs + 6 x G.P 500 lb Mk.IV bombs
  
 
=== Defensive armament ===
 
=== Defensive armament ===
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{{main|Browning .303 (7.7 mm)|Vickers K (7.7 mm)}}
 
{{main|Browning .303 (7.7 mm)|Vickers K (7.7 mm)}}
  
 
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is defended by:
  
* 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)
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* 4 x 7.7mm Browning machine gun, tail turret (1,700 RPG= 6,800 total)
* 4 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, dorsal turret (600 rpg = 2,400 total)
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* 4 x 7.7mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (600 RPG = 2,400 total)
* 4 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, tail turret (1,700 rpg = 6,800 total)
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* 1 x 7.7mm Vickers K machine gun, nose turret (1000 RPG)
  
== Usage in battles ==
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== Usage in the battles ==
The Halifax Mark IIIa is the first true "heavy" bomber that an allied player will unlock. It has engines that do well at higher altitudes- 4500 metres- and it has a large payload of nearly 12000lbs of bombs, going by weight. This is sufficient so that one Halifax can, on their own, annihilate all three minibases and take a small chunk out of the enemy airfield, and otherwise, it can take a sizeable chunk out of the airfield- around three-quarters of the base's total HP. Two Halifax can annihilate all the bases '''and''' the airfield together.
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=== Manual Engine Control ===
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===Manual Engine Control===
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
|-
 
|-
! rowspan="2" | Mixer
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! rowspan="2" |Mixer
! rowspan="2" | Pitch
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! rowspan="2" |Pitch
! colspan="3" | Radiator
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! colspan="3" |Radiator
! rowspan="2" | Supercharger
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! rowspan="2" |Supercharger
! rowspan="2" | Turbocharger
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! rowspan="2" |Turbocharger
 
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|-
! Oil !! Water !! Type
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! Oil
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! Water
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! Type  
 
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|-
| Not controllable || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Not controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Combined || Controllable<br>2 gears || Not controllable
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| Controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Separate || rowspan="2" | Not ontrollable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable
 
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|}
 
|}
  
=== Modules ===
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===Modules===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
! Tier
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! colspan="1" | Tier
 
! colspan="2" | Flight performance
 
! colspan="2" | Flight performance
! Survivability
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! colspan="1" | Survivability
 
! colspan="2" | Weaponry
 
! colspan="2" | Weaponry
 
|-
 
|-
 
| I
 
| I
| Fuselage repair
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| Fuselage Repair
 
| Radiator
 
| Radiator
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|  
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|  
| SUBC mk.I
 
 
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|-
 
| II
 
| II
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|  
 
| Compressor
 
| Compressor
 
| Airframe
 
| Airframe
| Turret 7 mm
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|  
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|-
 
| III
 
| III
| Wings repair
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| Wings Repair
 
| Engine
 
| Engine
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|  
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| MBC mk.III
 
 
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|-
 
| IV
 
| IV
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| Engine injection
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| Engine Injection
 
| Cover
 
| Cover
| New 7 mm MGs (turret)
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|  
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|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
  
 
* Versatile - It is capable of flying low-altitude runs for minibases, or high-altitude bomb runs.
 
* Versatile - It is capable of flying low-altitude runs for minibases, or high-altitude bomb runs.
* Can carry an overwhelming '''12,000 lb''' of bombs, giving it the heaviest payload at rank II-III, and outclasses many rank IV bombers
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* Can carry an overwhelming '''12,000 lb''' of bombs, giving it the heaviest payload at RanK II-III, and outclasses many Rank IV bombers
* (Realistic Battles) Full payload lets it take out all three bases in one pass with '''four''' 1,000 lb bombs to spare (first base : 6 x 500 lb + 1 x 1,000 lb / second base : 2 x 1,000 lb / third base : 2 x 1,000 lb / airfield : 4 x 1,000 lb
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* (Realistic Battle) Full payload lets it take out all three bases in one pass with two 1,000 lb bombs to spare (first base : 6 x 500 lb + 1 x 1,000 lb / second base : 3 x 1,000 lb / third base : 3 x 1,000 lb / airfield : 2 x 1,000 lb.
* Full payload can also take out 3/4 of an Airfield's HP in the BR 3.7-4.7 range
 
 
* Fast and fairly manoeuvrable for a heavy bomber, with flaps that do not rip easily
 
* Fast and fairly manoeuvrable for a heavy bomber, with flaps that do not rip easily
 
* Performance is almost unaffected by payload options due to internal payload carriage that doesn't create drag
 
* Performance is almost unaffected by payload options due to internal payload carriage that doesn't create drag
 
* Fantastic climb rate with WEP; can easily reach 6,000 m with full payload just by side climbing (which is heavily advised to minimize interception)
 
* Fantastic climb rate with WEP; can easily reach 6,000 m with full payload just by side climbing (which is heavily advised to minimize interception)
* Can fly with two engines if needed - or even one, if trying to land
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* Can fly with two engines if needed - or even one, if trying to land.
* Defensive armament is decent for a British bomber. You can put eight guns rearward to defend against enemy targets
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* Matchmaking typically places the bomber against planes less deadly than the ones later British bombers face
* Tail gunner has a lot of ammunition (4 x 7.7 mm machine guns with 1,700 rounds per gun). In addition, he can fire almost directly down, directly under the turret, so unless an enemy goes directly under your airframe, you should have time to react and fire a few bursts
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* Defensive armament is decent for a British bomber
* Economical plane to fly as an easy Silver Lion {{sl}} and Research Points {{rp}} grinder
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* Tail gunner has a lot of ammunition (4 x 7.7 mm machine guns with 1,700 rounds per gun)
* The aircraft, if in the hands of a capable pilot, can continue to fly with horrific damage to control surfaces and engines
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* Impressive aircraft overall in terms of bombers, arguably outclassing the succeeding Stirling in the next rank and can be a game changer for the team if left unchecked
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* Economical plane to fly as an easy Silver Lion and Research Points grinder with an incredibly cheap repair cost
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
  
 
* Large target
 
* Large target
* '''Priority target''' (in Arcade battles) to be eliminated
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* '''Priority target''' (in Arcade battle) that smart players will aim for first
 
* Stock payload is useless for base bombing
 
* Stock payload is useless for base bombing
 
* Nose is defended by a single 7.7 mm gun and the belly has no machine gun coverage, leaving them very vulnerable for enemy attacks
 
* Nose is defended by a single 7.7 mm gun and the belly has no machine gun coverage, leaving them very vulnerable for enemy attacks
 
* 7.7 mm turrets are overall not very effective
 
* 7.7 mm turrets are overall not very effective
* Only one pilot, no copilot like other bombers. In addition, the pilot is '''not''' armoured, and is vulnerable to a head-on, since the only frontal defence is a single 7.7mm gun
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* Only one pilot, no copilot like other bombers
 
* WEP causes overheating unless manual engine control is used to force radiators open
 
* WEP causes overheating unless manual engine control is used to force radiators open
 
* Fragile structure compared to most competing bombers and previous British bombers
 
* Fragile structure compared to most competing bombers and previous British bombers
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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''An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.''
  
== See also ==
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== Read also ==
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''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example,''
  
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
 
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== Sources ==
 
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* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
* ''topic on the official game forum;''
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* ''other literature.''
 
* ''other literature.''
  
 
{{Britain bombers}}
 
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Revision as of 17:40, 16 June 2019

Halifax B Mk IIIa
halifax_mk3.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
4.3/4.0/4.0BR
7 peopleCrew
32.7 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
4 х Bristol Hercules XVIEngine
InlineType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
541 km/hStructural
260 km/hGear
Defensive armament
4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
6 800 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunTurret
2 400 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
7.7 mm Vickers K machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
950 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
15 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
15 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
6 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
9 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bomb
Setup 3
Economy
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 410 / 6 751/6 010 / 7 500/2 040 / 2 545Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
× (142) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

The Halifax B Mk IIIa in the garage


The Halifax B Mk IIIa is a Rank II British bomber with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB) and 4.3 (SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows".

The Halifax is an interesting member of the British bomber line. It is the first true British heavy bomber, a big change from its predecessors, which are all either flying boats, medium, or light bombers. With the transition to heavy bombers, comes a change in tactics. The Halifax will out class almost every tier 2 and 3 bomber in terms of payload. It will also generally beat every same BR bomber in payload as well. However, being a heavy bomber has its draw backs. Compared to nearly all previous British bombers, this one is slower, and has a noticeably slow climb rate. While the payload upgrade is nice, the Halifax is not very durable. Worse, the Halifax lacks effective defensive weapons, a flaw of nearly all British bombers. The main priority, as a result, should be targeting bases, and avoiding opposing pilots as much as possible. Use high altitude and less direct travel routes to get to your targets. If you are engaged, your defensive guns can save you, but they are not very reliable. In addition, you have no ventral turret, leaving a massive defensive gap. If you can keep safe, and deliver your payload, you will find this to be a very effective bomber.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,115 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
432 418 35.3 35.8 2.3 3.8 750
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,115 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
477 454 33.2 34.0 9.9 6.5 750

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
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541 260  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,000 m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,300 m  ?,??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 6.35 mm steel in front and floor of cockpit
  • 8 mm steel behind pilot and in rear fuselage bulkhead
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located in the wings of aircraft (fuel, engine, controls)

Armaments

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Halifax B Mk IIIa can be outfitted with the following ordinance"

  • 15 x G.P 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 15 x G.P 500 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 9 x M.C. 1000 lb Mk.I bombs + 6 x G.P 500 lb Mk.IV bombs

Defensive armament

The Halifax B Mk IIIa is defended by:

  • 4 x 7.7mm Browning machine gun, tail turret (1,700 RPG= 6,800 total)
  • 4 x 7.7mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (600 RPG = 2,400 total)
  • 1 x 7.7mm Vickers K machine gun, nose turret (1000 RPG)

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

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

  • Versatile - It is capable of flying low-altitude runs for minibases, or high-altitude bomb runs.
  • Can carry an overwhelming 12,000 lb of bombs, giving it the heaviest payload at RanK II-III, and outclasses many Rank IV bombers
  • (Realistic Battle) Full payload lets it take out all three bases in one pass with two 1,000 lb bombs to spare (first base : 6 x 500 lb + 1 x 1,000 lb / second base : 3 x 1,000 lb / third base : 3 x 1,000 lb / airfield : 2 x 1,000 lb.
  • Fast and fairly manoeuvrable for a heavy bomber, with flaps that do not rip easily
  • Performance is almost unaffected by payload options due to internal payload carriage that doesn't create drag
  • Fantastic climb rate with WEP; can easily reach 6,000 m with full payload just by side climbing (which is heavily advised to minimize interception)
  • Can fly with two engines if needed - or even one, if trying to land.
  • Matchmaking typically places the bomber against planes less deadly than the ones later British bombers face
  • Defensive armament is decent for a British bomber
  • Tail gunner has a lot of ammunition (4 x 7.7 mm machine guns with 1,700 rounds per gun)
  • Impressive aircraft overall in terms of bombers, arguably outclassing the succeeding Stirling in the next rank and can be a game changer for the team if left unchecked
  • Economical plane to fly as an easy Silver Lion and Research Points grinder with an incredibly cheap repair cost

Cons:

  • Large target
  • Priority target (in Arcade battle) that smart players will aim for first
  • Stock payload is useless for base bombing
  • Nose is defended by a single 7.7 mm gun and the belly has no machine gun coverage, leaving them very vulnerable for enemy attacks
  • 7.7 mm turrets are overall not very effective
  • Only one pilot, no copilot like other bombers
  • WEP causes overheating unless manual engine control is used to force radiators open
  • Fragile structure compared to most competing bombers and previous British bombers
  • Severe lack of armour for crew leaves them vulnerable

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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