Me 163 B-0
|This page is about the German jet fighter Me 163 B-0. For the version equipped with 30 mm MK 108 autocannons, see Me 163 B.|
The Me 163 B-0 is a rank V German jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB), 8.7 (RB), and 8.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.81 "The Valkyries".
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,500 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear||Drogue chute|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 790||< 600||< 690||N/A|
|Engine name||Number||Empty mass||Wing loading (full fuel)|
|Walter HWK 109-509A-2||1||1,900 kg||199 kg/m2|
|Engine characteristics||Mass with fuel (no weapons load)|| Max Takeoff|
|Weight (each)||Type||1m fuel||6m fuel|
|166 kg||Liquid-fuel rocket||2,235 kg||3,910 kg||4,297 kg|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)|
|Condition||100%||WEP||1m fuel||6m fuel||MTOW|
|Optimal|| 1,700 kgf
Survivability and armour
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Modifications and economy
The Me 163 B-0 is armed with:
- 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons, wing-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)
(ammunition: 160 rounds)
The Me 163 B-0 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons, suspended (80 rpg = 160 total)
Usage in battles
The takeoff speed of the B-0 (without flaps) is around 340 km/h, making the takeoff run longer than most jets at its tier. Once you are in the air, you can either fly straight at the enemy or climb. The former isn't suggested at this BR because of the abundance of air-to-air missiles and attempting head-ons with the entire enemy team is a quick way to return to the hangar. Your best option is to immediately climb at 20 degrees until you reach 5,000 m, level off until reaching 700 km/h, and cut throttle. At this point, you should have around 3:30 minutes of fuel remaining.
The First Engagement
While you are gliding around at 5 km, you will occasionally find other jets at the same altitude (usually F-100s, Swifts, MiG-21s, Hunters, etc). Keep your eye on these enemies, but they will often be sucked down to a lower altitude rather quickly. At this point, you will see anywhere from 1 - 3 dogfights occurring around 1.5 km - 3 km. Look for targets that are either at low energy or tailing your teammates. Keep your throttle below 20% and dive on these enemies.
Best case scenario, you're on the enemy's tail and they won't be able to shake you. Worst case scenario, you have overshot or they are moving too fast for you to catch. In these situations, it is best to zoom climb back up and try again. Rinse and repeat this process until you find yourself on 2:00 minutes of fuel.
Returning to Base
At this point in the match, you have a choice. Either keep trying to pick off enemies, or return to base and join the fray later on. Should you choose the former, it isn't likely you'll be able to return to base. In the case of the latter, it is best to gain a little altitude and glide back to base. Flying in a straight line might be the fastest way, but it is also dangerous if you run out of fuel. Upon approaching the runway, try to bleed off any excess speed by using your rudder. The Komet may lack an airbrake, but the rudder functions like one. You should also attempt to land without lowering your skid/gear. So long as you can gently lower the Komet onto the runway, you'll be able to land at around 400 km/h and come to a stop in no time. Just make sure to not let your wings touch the ground until you have stopped.
Cleaning up the Remainders
If you still have some enemies flying about after you have refueled and repaired, it is unlikely you will find as much success. Without the distractions and tunnel vision caused by the early skirmishes, enemies are less likely to not notice you slipping onto their tail. Sometimes the last remaining enemies will be scattered throughout the map chasing (or being chased by) your allies. The Komet's limited fuel supply limits your prospects, but fun can still be had destroying AI planes or soft ground targets.
Important Points to Note
The Komet's 20 mm gun-pods do not appear to affect the performance of the aircraft. It is highly recommended to take them because they increase your ammo capacity from 260 rounds to 400 rounds. Having more ammo and faster muzzle velocity than the previous variant, this aircraft allows for more attempts at long range shots. However, trigger discipline is still highly rewarded because the MG 151s lack the same punch as the MK 108s. Enemies now require more than a stray bullet to down them.
The Komet does not take damage well. Not only is it a soft target, but the slightest structural damage drastically impacts your performance. As previously mentioned, your rudder acts like an airbrake. Combatting any drag caused by structural damage is usually done through the rudder, so your Komet is now flying with its "airbrake" always engaged. If you are trying to maintain energy in a turn, it is best to roll and elevate. Using your rudder to turn bleeds unnecessary speed.
Almost every enemy you face will be able to catch you eventually. Diving or zooming away is rarely an option. Smart enemies will boom and zoom you or trap you in a dogfight for extended periods of time. Both of these encounters force you to waste speed and precious fuel. The importance of smart fuel management cannot be stressed enough.
The Komet's biggest enemy is G-forces. Without the G-suit modification, and combined with the Komet's ability to turn on a dime, you will often find your pilot passing out after a turn or two. It is recommended to select a crew with high G-tolerance and stamina or else you won't be able to stay on enemy tails for too long.
Pros and cons
- Very high climb rate and acceleration
- Speed sufficient to compete in dogfights
- Well-suited to high altitudes due to its rocket engine
- Excellent manoeuvrability
- One of the best turn rates of the rank
- Powerful 20 mm MG 151 cannons with access to the minengeschoß shell
- Small target
- Extremely limited fuel capacity
- Prone to wing overload crashes when the fuel tanks are full
- Vulnerable airframe
- Aircraft easily compresses at high speeds
- Limited ammo capacity
- No airbrakes
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|Bavarian Aircraft Corporation ()|
|Bf 109||Flegel's Bf 109 A · Bf 109 B-1 · Bf 109 E-1 · Bf 109 E-3 · Bf 109 E-4 · Bf 109 E-7/U2 · Bf 109 F-1 · Bf 109 F-2 · Bf 109 F-4 · Bf 109 F-4/trop · Bf 109 G-2/trop · Bf 109 G-6 · Bf 109 K-4 · Bf 109 G-10 · Bf 109 G-14 · Bf 109 Z|
|Bf 110||Bf 110 C-6 · Bf 110 C-7 · Bf 110 F-2 · Bf 110 G-2 · Bf 110 G-4|
|Me 410||Me 410 A-1 · Me 410 A-1/U2 · Me 410 A-1/U4 · Me 410 B-1 · Me 410 B-1/U2 · Me 410 B-2/U4 · Me 410 B-6/R3|
|Jet Fighters||Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0 · Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/Jabo · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b|
|Export||▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS · ▄Bf 109 G-2 · Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 110 G-4|
|Captured||▃Bf 109 F-4|
|* BFW was later renamed Messerschmitt Aktiengesellschaft (AG) on 11 July 1938. All aircraft currently in production at this time retained the designation Bf while those developed after this date had the designation Me.|
|Germany jet aircraft|
|Ar 234||Ar 234 B-2 · Ar 234 C-3|
|He 162||He 162 A-1 · He 162 A-2|
|Ho 229||Ho 229 V3|
|Me 163||Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0|
|Me 262||Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/Jabo · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b|
|USA||▀F-84F · CL-13A Mk 5 · CL-13B Mk.6 · ▀F-86K · F-104G · F-4F Early|
|USSR||▀MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-19S · ▀MiG-21MF · ▀IL-28|
|Britain||Sea Hawk Mk.100|
|Italy||▀G.91 R/3 · ▀G.91 R/4|