Hampden TB Mk I

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Hampden TB Mk I
hp52_hampden_tbmk1.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.7/1.7/1.7BR
4 peopleCrew
6.7 tEmpty weight
10.7 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 310 mCeiling
sec0.0/0.0/0.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
2 х Bristol Pegasus XVIIIEngine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
506 km/hStructural
225 km/hGear
Offensive armament
7.7 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 1
300 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun5 х Turret
500 roundsAmmunition
950 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
6 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
2 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
4 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 3
4 х 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bombSetup 4
1 х 18 inch Mark XII torpedo (1548 lbs)Setup 5
6 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 6
4 х 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bomb
2 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 7
Economy
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 130 / 1 422/800 / 1 007/290 / 365Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the aircraft Hampden TB Mk I. For other uses, see Hampden (Family).

Description

GarageImage Hampden TB Mk I.jpg


The Hampden TB Mk I is a rank I British bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai".

The Hampden is one of the first few bombers you get in the British tree, and without a doubt defines the style of flying you 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 delay and hit the remaining targets or bases.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,962 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
405 388 8 310 27.1 28.0 5.3 5.3 366
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,962 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
459 428 8 310 24.9 26.0 10.8 7.6 366

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flaps
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
506 225 410 ~4 ~2
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 315 < 310 < 300 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,448 m 815 hp 1,043 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,496 m 750 hp 960 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 9.5 mm Steel plate in front of cockpit on fuselage top.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate behind the dorsal gunner.

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Hampden TB Mk I is armed with:

  • 1 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine gun, nose-mounted (300 rpg)

Suspended armament

The Hampden TB Mk I can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 6 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 1,000 lb G.P. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (4,000 lb total)
  • 1 x Mark XII torpedo
  • 6 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 1,000 lb G.P. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs + 2 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (5,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Vickers K (7.7 mm)

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 guns, dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine guns, ventral turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

This bomber is strictly that; a bomber. With a mediocre defensive armament and only a single offensive 7.7 mm machine gun, engaging enemy aircraft is an absolute last resort. The lack of defensive capabilities, combined with the thin tail and wings, make 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 mm 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 outmanoeuvre 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.

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

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm Offensive 7 mm MBC-B
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs MBC mk.III
III Wings repair Engine New 7 mm MGs (turret) TSC mk.II
IV Engine injection Cover SBC mk.II

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 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 work of chasing biplanes
  • Decent manoeuvrability 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

Cons:

  • 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
  • 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 20 mm 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 1000 lbs 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

History

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 powered by Napier Sabre Dagger engines, but switched to the more powerful Bristol Pegasus radial engines. Originally the Hampden had two Vickers K guns in ventral and dorsal positions, which proved to be inadequate for daylight defence. This was then switched to two Vickers K guns with modifications. The Hampden had many nicknames, because of the slim, compact and cramped fuselage. It was nicknamed the "Flying Suitcase". It was 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 manoeuvrability, the Hampden was declared obsolete and retired from service in 1942.

Media

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See also

External links

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  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
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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