Hampden TB Mk I
2 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 7
|This page is about the aircraft Hampden TB Mk I. For other uses, see Hampden (Disambiguation)|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The Hampden TB Mk I is a Rank I British bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai".
The Hampden is one of the first few bombers you get in Britain, and without doubt defining what style of flying you will be doing for the remainder of the tree. Its decent performance combined with all-powerful bomb load can quickly rack your score up into the thousands. On maps like Essen, use your superior speed to bomb the ground targets before any other bombers. then drop your altitude and rearm at the airfield. then fly low with a bomb timer and hit the remaining targets or bases.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 3,962 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 3,962 m)
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|Take-off run (meters)|
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| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
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Survivability and armour
- 9.5 mm Steel plate in front of cockpit on fuselage top.
- 9.5 mm Steel plate behind the dorsal gunner.
The Hampden TB Mk I is armed with:
- 1 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (300 RPG)
The Hampden TB Mk I can be outfitted with the following ordinance"
- 6 x 250 lb bombs
- 2 x 500 lb bombs
- 4 x 500 lb bombs
- 6 x 500 lb bombs
- 4 x G.P. 1000 Mk. 1 bombs (1000 lb)
- 4 x G.P. 1000 Mk. 1 bombs (1000 lb) + 2 x 500 lb bombs
- 1 x Mark XII torpedo
The Hampden TB Mk I is defended by:
- 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, nose turret (500 rpg)
- 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1000 total)
- 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg = 1000 total)
Usage in battles
This bomber is strictly that; a bomber. With a mediocre defensive armament and only a single offensive 7.7, engaging enemy aircraft is an absolute last resort. The lack of defensive capabilities, combined with the thin tail and wings, makes the Hampden TB a fragile aircraft. Upon spawning, climb at a very shallow angle to increase your speed and altitude at the same time. When the bomb points are in range, level off and drop your load. This will make you significantly lighter and allow you to return to base extremely quickly. During this time, one must take care to avoid aircraft that will now be at your altitude. A shallow dive will allow a boost in speed, and a corkscrew over the airfield will let you drop the remaining altitude without ripping due to speed.
Usually, you should avoid enemies, and attempt to stay as fast and as unnoticed as possible. Having an escort helps.
The below tactics can be used in all games modes:
How to offensively Engage an enemy aircraft:
If you happen to see an enemy aircraft, you should not engage. Only in cases that he is the last enemy player should you dare to attack him. Try and climb above him then dive to get in front of him. Then use your four 7.7 machine guns to tear into his cockpit and knock out his pilot, engines and forward gunners.
How to perform defensive fighting:
Should an enemy fighter move to engage you, do not try to outmaneuver him. Simply dive and go as low as you safely can while in gunner view and aim for his engine. try and damage it or give him some nasty leaks to scare him off. If you're lucky he will burst into flames and fall to the ground.
Specific enemies worth noting
The planes to be feared are usually those that carry cannons or 12.7 mm machine guns. Those planes will easily shred this plane with no problems as it does not react well to damage. Flak will normally result in a pilot snipe, and then a kill, and has a tendency to tear the engines to pieces.
Manual Engine Control
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Pros and cons
- Carries the largest payload of its contemporaries (The maximum payload knocks out one base and can damage another)
- Has a nose mounted fixed machine gun for pilot usage.
- Rear gunners make short works of chasing biplanes.
- Decent maneuverability and speed for a bomber.
- Fuselage is sleek, making it a smaller target.
- Very thin rear section that is hard to hit, especially when under fire from its rear gunner.
- Ability to carry torpedoes.
- Terrible roll rate.
- Rear gunners' arc is very limited.
- Blind spot between turrets due to the tail - you'll only be able to get one on target at any given time
- No armour or bulletproof glass
- Poor dive performance
- Very vulnerable in a head-on engagement.
- No dorsal turrets
- Very hard to land due to the easily-broken tail and tail section
- Possibility to face planes with 12.7 mm heavy machine guns and 20mm cannons.
- Carrying the largest payload option will slow the plane to a crawl.
- Has a tendency to 'Buck' when using the heaviest payload after dropping all the 1000lbs bombs
- Hits to the wings can start fuel tank fires due to all the fuel tanks being internally mounted in the wings.
- Does not like to take battle damage.
The Handley Page Hampden was the last and fastest twin-engined bomber of the "trio" during the "Phoney" War. It was designed to meet Air Ministry Specification B.9/32. Which called for a faster, heavier, and more powerful bomber that would replace the existing Bristol Blenheim and the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley. The designer, G.V Vokert, designed an interesting prototype, designated HP.52. This plane was originally engined by Napier Sabre Dagger engines, but switched to the more powerful Bristol Pegasus radial engines. Originally the Hampden had two Vickers K gun in ventral and dorsal positions, which proved to be inadequate for day light defense. This was then switched to two vickers K gun with modifications. The Hampden had many nicknames, because of the slim, compact and cramped fuselage. It was nicknamed the "Flying Suticase". Oddly similar in role and appearance to the German fast day-bomber Do 17, nicknamed the "Flying Pencil".
RAF Squadron No.49 was the first to receive their new Hampdens. Bearing the brunt of early bombing raids on Europe. The Hampden proved no match for Luftwaffe fighters. It was subsequently switched to various night time operations, such as mine-laying, bombing raids on German soil, propaganda and torpedo bombing. Despite having great speed and maneuverability, the Hampden was declared obsolete and retired from service in 1942.
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