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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:GarageImage_N.C.223.3.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a Rank {{Specs|rank}} French bomber {{Battle-rating|1}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.73 "Vive la France"]].  
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} French bomber {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.73 "Vive la France"]].
  
The N.C.223.3, as a derivative of the Farman F.220 plane model, looks strikingly similar to the [[F.222.2]] bomber, yet different as well. The biggest difference is the twin rudder on the tail that helps improve stability and yaw control. The plane's overall design was also made more aerodynamic as part of the improvement, the nose section is made a tad shorter, and the plane uses Hispano-Suiza 12Y-29 engines rather than the previous Gnome Rhone model. Defense armaments were also improved with two Hispano cannons as the rear ventral and dorsal turret armament.
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The N.C.223.3, as a derivative of the Farman F.220 plane model, looks strikingly similar to the [[F.222.2]] bomber, yet different as well. The biggest difference is the twin rudder on the tail that helps improve stability and yaw control. The plane's overall design was also made more aerodynamic as part of the improvement, the nose section is made a tad shorter, and the plane uses Hispano-Suiza 12Y-29 engines rather than the previous Gnome Rhone model. Defensive armaments were also improved with two Hispano cannons as the rear ventral and dorsal turret armament.
  
The N.C.223.3 is made distinctive with its push-pull engine configuration, stacking the engine on each side in tandem for the effect where the forward engine "pulls" the plane while the rear engine "pushes" the plane. This lowered the amount of engines having to protrude from the wing, while keeping the engine centerline so that one failed engine in a side will not prevent the other to provide a similar thrust force.
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The N.C.223.3 is made distinctive with its push-pull engine configuration, stacking the engine on each side in tandem for the effect where the forward engine "pulls" the plane while the rear engine "pushes" the plane. This lowered the amount of engines having to protrude from the wing, while keeping the engine centreline so that one failed engine in a side will not prevent the other from providing a similar thrust force.
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In the default camouflage scheme, the N.C.223.3 is coated in the French standard aircraft tri-color camouflage, which consisted of ''Vert'' (Green), ''Brun Mat'' (Matt brown), and ''Gris Bleu foncé'' (Dark blue gray). The underside of the aircraft was painted in ''Gris Bleu Clair'' (Light blue gray). The French roundel is present twice on the left side, one on the N.C.223.3 fuselage and one on top of the wing. Final note of appearance is the French national tri-colour markings on the tail plane and rudder.
  
In the default camouflage scheme, the N.C.223.3 is coated in the French standard aircraft tri-color camouflage, which consisted of ''Vert'' (Green), ''Brun Mat'' (Matt brown), and ''Gris Bleu foncé'' (Dark blue gray). The underside of the aircraft was painted in ''Gris Bleu Clair'' (Light blue gray). The French roundel is present twice on the left side, one on the N.C.223.3 fuselage and one on top of the wing. Final note of appearance is the French national tri-color markings on the tail plane and rudder.
 
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight Performance ===
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=== Flight performance ===
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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! rowspan="2" | Characteristics
! colspan="8" | Characteristics
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,000 m)
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! colspan="8" | ''Stock''
 
|-
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at ?,000 m)
 
 
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
 
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
 
! 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)
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! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
|-
 
| ? || ? || ?,000 || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? || ???
 
 
|-
 
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! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
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! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
 
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at ?,000 m)
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! Stock
! rowspan="2" |Max altitude (meters)
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| 383 || 369 || rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}} || 29.8 || 30.4 || colspan="2" | 4.4 || rowspan="2" | 520
! colspan="2" | Turn time (seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run (meters)
 
 
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|-
! AB
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! Upgraded
! RB
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| 417 || 400 || 28.3 || 29.0 || 9.0 || 6.4
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
|-
 
| ? || ? || ?,000 || ??.? || ??.? || ?.? || ?.? || ?
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
====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 flap
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! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear
! Take-off flap
 
! Landing flap
 
! Air brakes
 
! Arrestor gear
 
 
|-
 
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| X || X || X || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
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|-
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="5" | Limits
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! colspan="7" | Limits
 
|-
 
|-
! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Wings (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Gear (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Combat flap<br> (km/h)
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! colspan="3" | Flaps (km/h)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
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|-
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! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
! -
 
 
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| ??? || ??? || ??? || ~?? || ~?
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| {{Specs|destruction|constructions}} || {{Specs|destruction|chassis}} || 520 || ___ || 260 || ~4 || ~3
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities
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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities (km/h)
 
|-
 
|-
! Ailerons<br>(km/h)
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! Ailerons !! Rudder !! Elevators !! Radiator
! Rudder<br>(km/h)
 
! Elevators<br>(km/h)
 
! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
 
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|-
| < ??? || < ??? || < ??? || > ???
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| < 250 || < 250 || < 300 || > 340
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
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! colspan="3" | Compressor (RB/SB)
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! Compressor
|-
 
! colspan="3" | Setting 1
 
|-
 
! Optimal altitude
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| ?,??? m || ??? hp || ?,??? hp
 
|-
 
<!--! colspan="3" | Setting 2
 
|-
 
 
! Optimal altitude
 
! Optimal altitude
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
|-
 
|-
| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp  
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! Setting 1
|-
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| 3,400 m || 910 hp || 1,022 hp
! colspan="3" | Setting 3
 
|-
 
! Optimal altitude
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
 
|-
 
|-
| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp
 
|- -->
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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* No armour plating
 
* No armour glazing
 
* Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
 
* Very large and slow target
 
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
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=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
 
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* 52 x 50 kg G.A. MMN. 50 bombs (2,600 kg total)
* 52 x 50 kg G.A.M.MN 50 bombs (total = 2,600 kg)
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* 5 x 200 kg No.1 bombs + 7 x 100 kg No.1 bombs (1,700 kg total)
* 7 x 100 kg .1 bombs + 5 x 200 kg .1 bombs (total = 1,700 kg)
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* 15 x 200 kg No.1 bombs + 7 x 100 kg No.1 bombs (3,700 kg total)
* 12 x 100 kg .1 bombs + 15 x 200 kg .1 bombs (total = 4,200 kg)
 
  
 
=== Defensive armament ===
 
=== Defensive armament ===
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{{main|Hispano 404 (20 mm)|MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)}}
 
{{main|Hispano 404 (20 mm)|MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)}}
  
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is defended by:
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is defended by:
 
 
* 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, dorsal turret (240 rpg)
 
* 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, dorsal turret (240 rpg)
 
* 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, ventral turret (240 rpg)
 
* 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, ventral turret (240 rpg)
 
* 1 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)
 
* 1 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)
  
== Usage in the battles ==
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== Usage in battles ==
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Like its predecessor, the [[F.222.2]], the NC 223.3 is a heavy hitting bomber with okay maneuverability at low altitude and low air speed, and can carry a staggering 52x50 kg bombs. Combined with its frequent presence in Ground Strike matches with only light vehicles, it will make short work of any (or even all) groups of armoured cars and AAA it crosses paths with. However, the ability to carry larger bomb loads later in its upgrade tree turns it into an exceptionally capable base killer, often time wiping out bases solo. However, it is still capable of turning entire columns of medium tanks to flaming scrap if escorted in higher level battles.
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Like its predecessor, the [[F.222.2]], the NC 223.3 is a heavy hitting bomber with okay manoeuvrability at low altitude and low air speed, and can carry a staggering 52 x 50 kg bombs. Combined with its frequent presence in Ground Strike matches with only light vehicles, it will make short work of any (or even all) groups of armoured cars and AAA it crosses paths with. However, the ability to carry larger bomb loads later in its upgrade tree turns it into an exceptionally capable base killer, often time wiping out bases solo. However, it is still capable of turning entire columns of medium tanks to flaming scrap if escorted in higher level battles.
  
===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" |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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|-
| Not controllable || Controllable<br>Automatic pitch || Controllable || Not controllable || Combined || Controllable || Not controllable
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! Oil !! Water !! Type
 
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|-
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| Not controllable || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Separate || Not controllable<br>1 gear || Not controllable
 
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===Modules===
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=== Modules ===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
! Tier
 
! Tier
! Flight performance
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! Survivability
 
! Survivability
! Weaponry
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| I
 
| I
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| Fuselage repair
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| Radiator
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| Turret 7 mm
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| 200 GPs
 
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| II
 
| II
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| Compressor
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| Airframe
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| New 7 mm MGs (turret)
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|-
 
|-
 
| III
 
| III
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| Wings repair
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| Engine
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| Turret 20 mm
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| 200 GPs S5
 
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|-
 
| IV
 
| IV
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| Engine injection
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| Cover
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| New 20 mm cannons (turret)
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|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
 
* Strong defensive firepower.
 
* Strong defensive firepower.
* The N.C.223.3 currently has the largest payload available from any other Rank I bombers, rivaling even Rank III and IV heavy bombers.
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* Currently has the largest payload available from any other Rank I bomber, rivaling even Rank III and IV heavy bombers.
 
* Engines away from the wing fuselage.
 
* Engines away from the wing fuselage.
* Addition of takeoff flaps make taking off from a airfield easier than in the F.222.
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* Addition of takeoff flaps make taking off from an airfield easier than in the F.222.
 
* Durable.
 
* Durable.
 
* Has two pilots.
 
* Has two pilots.
* Somehow fast, despite it's size.
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* Somehow fast, despite its size.
* Internal payload doesn't really affect it's performance except rate of climb.
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* Internal payload doesn't really affect its performance except rate of climb.
 
* Can potentially win games by outright destroying the airfields when played in groups.
 
* Can potentially win games by outright destroying the airfields when played in groups.
 
* Large wings but are not littered with fuel tanks.
 
* Large wings but are not littered with fuel tanks.
* Default payload of 52x 50 kg bombs makes short work of artillery, light tanks, armored cars and trucks crucial to many games this bomber finds itself in.
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* Default payload of 52 x 50 kg bombs makes short work of artillery, light tanks, armoured cars and trucks crucial to many games this bomber finds itself in.
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
* Low maneuverability at high speeds.
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* Low manoeuvrability at high speeds.
 
* Massive target.
 
* Massive target.
 
* Poor acceleration.
 
* Poor acceleration.
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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Farman Aviation Works began working on the F.220 bomber design in 1925. This aircraft was based on a successful earlier design of the F.211 which was a parasol wing, four-engine monoplane utilising tractor and pusher engines.  While the F.211 never entered production, it served as a base for the F.220 to be designed and built from.  The first successful flight of the F.220 happened on 26 May 1932.
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The F.220 was a success in of itself, however, Farman made several modifications to improve the design which included a new vertical stabilizer, rebuilding the nose and ventral turret to fully enclose them and upgrading the old V-engines to new radial versions.  After these modifications, the new version of the F.220 made its maiden flight in 1933.
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In 1936, another variant, the F.222 first flew and this bomber incorporated retractable landing gear which reduced drag and was not available on earlier versions.  A total of twenty-four aircraft of this version where produced and began service in Armee de I’Air in 1937 and was tasked with performing night bombings raids over Germany in May and June of 1940.
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The F.222.2 bomber which is featured in the game had a redesigned nose and changed out the engines from Gnome-Rhône 14Kdrs engines to Gnome-Rhône 14N-11 engines.
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The later F.223 which came after the F.222 saw significant changes, not only to name as it became NC.223 after Farman was absorbed into Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Centre (SNCAC) which was the nationalisation of both Farman Aviation Works and Hanriot in 1936. The aircraft’s tail section was reworked and went from a single vertical stabilizer to a twin-stabilizer setup and the fuselage was refined to be more aerodynamic. Another upgrade came in the form of changes to the ventral and dorsal turret weapons.  The Mle 33 7.5 mm machine guns were replaced with the more powerful H.S. 404 20 mm autocannons.
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On 7 June 1940, a variant NC 223.4 of the French Naval Aviation was the first allied bomber to fly into Germany and bomb Berlin, the flight dropped eight 250 kg and 80 x 10 kg bombs on Germany’s capital. While the ordinance was not much, the psychological impact was the goal and the raid was reproduced three days later. NC 223 bombers continued to serve in bombing roles until June 1940 when they were transferred to North Africa to fulfil the role of transport aircraft.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
''An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.''
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''Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.''
  
== Read also ==
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== See also ==
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example,''
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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.''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
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== Sources ==
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* [[wt:en/news/5095-development-nc-223-3-let-nobody-leave-unsatisfied-en|[Devblog] NC.223.3: let nobody leave unsatisfied!]]
  
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Revision as of 19:19, 6 January 2020

RANK 5 SWEDEN
SAAB J-29D PACK
N.C.223.3
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AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.3/2.3/2.3BR
5 peopleCrew
19.2 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 000 mCeiling
4 х Hispano-Suiza 12Y-29Engine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
450 km/hStructural
320 km/hGear
Defensive armament
20 mm Hispano 404 cannon2 х Turret
240 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 350 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
52 x 50 kg G.A. MMN. 50Setup 1
5 x 200 kg No.1
7 x 100 kg No.1
Setup 2
15 x 200 kg No.1
7 x 100 kg No.1
Setup 3
Economy
5 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6 300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 300 / 1 644/1 570 / 1 986/600 / 759Repair
1 800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6 300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
106 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
110 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png30 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage N.C.223.3.jpg


The N.C.223.3 is a rank I French bomber with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

The N.C.223.3, as a derivative of the Farman F.220 plane model, looks strikingly similar to the F.222.2 bomber, yet different as well. The biggest difference is the twin rudder on the tail that helps improve stability and yaw control. The plane's overall design was also made more aerodynamic as part of the improvement, the nose section is made a tad shorter, and the plane uses Hispano-Suiza 12Y-29 engines rather than the previous Gnome Rhone model. Defensive armaments were also improved with two Hispano cannons as the rear ventral and dorsal turret armament.

The N.C.223.3 is made distinctive with its push-pull engine configuration, stacking the engine on each side in tandem for the effect where the forward engine "pulls" the plane while the rear engine "pushes" the plane. This lowered the amount of engines having to protrude from the wing, while keeping the engine centreline so that one failed engine in a side will not prevent the other from providing a similar thrust force.

In the default camouflage scheme, the N.C.223.3 is coated in the French standard aircraft tri-color camouflage, which consisted of Vert (Green), Brun Mat (Matt brown), and Gris Bleu foncé (Dark blue gray). The underside of the aircraft was painted in Gris Bleu Clair (Light blue gray). The French roundel is present twice on the left side, one on the N.C.223.3 fuselage and one on top of the wing. Final note of appearance is the French national tri-colour markings on the tail plane and rudder.

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 Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
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Turn time
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Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 383 369 8 000 29.8 30.4 4.4 520
Upgraded 417 400 28.3 29.0 9.0 6.4

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
520 ___ 260 ~4 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 250 < 250 < 300 > 340
Compressor Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
Setting 1 3,400 m 910 hp 1,022 hp

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Armaments

Suspended armament

The N.C.223.3 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 52 x 50 kg G.A. MMN. 50 bombs (2,600 kg total)
  • 5 x 200 kg No.1 bombs + 7 x 100 kg No.1 bombs (1,700 kg total)
  • 15 x 200 kg No.1 bombs + 7 x 100 kg No.1 bombs (3,700 kg total)

Defensive armament

The N.C.223.3 is defended by:

  • 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, dorsal turret (240 rpg)
  • 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, ventral turret (240 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)

Usage in battles

Like its predecessor, the F.222.2, the NC 223.3 is a heavy hitting bomber with okay manoeuvrability at low altitude and low air speed, and can carry a staggering 52 x 50 kg bombs. Combined with its frequent presence in Ground Strike matches with only light vehicles, it will make short work of any (or even all) groups of armoured cars and AAA it crosses paths with. However, the ability to carry larger bomb loads later in its upgrade tree turns it into an exceptionally capable base killer, often time wiping out bases solo. However, it is still capable of turning entire columns of medium tanks to flaming scrap if escorted in higher level battles.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm 200 GPs
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret)
III Wings repair Engine Turret 20 mm 200 GPs S5
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons (turret)

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Strong defensive firepower.
  • Currently has the largest payload available from any other Rank I bomber, rivaling even Rank III and IV heavy bombers.
  • Engines away from the wing fuselage.
  • Addition of takeoff flaps make taking off from an airfield easier than in the F.222.
  • Durable.
  • Has two pilots.
  • Somehow fast, despite its size.
  • Internal payload doesn't really affect its performance except rate of climb.
  • Can potentially win games by outright destroying the airfields when played in groups.
  • Large wings but are not littered with fuel tanks.
  • Default payload of 52 x 50 kg bombs makes short work of artillery, light tanks, armoured cars and trucks crucial to many games this bomber finds itself in.

Cons:

  • Low manoeuvrability at high speeds.
  • Massive target.
  • Poor acceleration.
  • Weak from the front.
  • 20 mm turrets don't carry a lot of ammo and have a very long reload.
  • No armour.
  • Tail design creates blind spots for gunners.
  • You need to invest a large amount of crew points to be effective in the N.C.223.3, especially the gunners and reload time.
  • Being a Rank I, it has a 0.3 multiplier for SL rewards, so you will find yourself in a hard time earning SL with the N.C.223.3, despite it being able to earn a lot of it by base bombing.

History

Farman Aviation Works began working on the F.220 bomber design in 1925. This aircraft was based on a successful earlier design of the F.211 which was a parasol wing, four-engine monoplane utilising tractor and pusher engines. While the F.211 never entered production, it served as a base for the F.220 to be designed and built from. The first successful flight of the F.220 happened on 26 May 1932.

The F.220 was a success in of itself, however, Farman made several modifications to improve the design which included a new vertical stabilizer, rebuilding the nose and ventral turret to fully enclose them and upgrading the old V-engines to new radial versions. After these modifications, the new version of the F.220 made its maiden flight in 1933.

In 1936, another variant, the F.222 first flew and this bomber incorporated retractable landing gear which reduced drag and was not available on earlier versions. A total of twenty-four aircraft of this version where produced and began service in Armee de I’Air in 1937 and was tasked with performing night bombings raids over Germany in May and June of 1940.

The F.222.2 bomber which is featured in the game had a redesigned nose and changed out the engines from Gnome-Rhône 14Kdrs engines to Gnome-Rhône 14N-11 engines.

The later F.223 which came after the F.222 saw significant changes, not only to name as it became NC.223 after Farman was absorbed into Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Centre (SNCAC) which was the nationalisation of both Farman Aviation Works and Hanriot in 1936. The aircraft’s tail section was reworked and went from a single vertical stabilizer to a twin-stabilizer setup and the fuselage was refined to be more aerodynamic. Another upgrade came in the form of changes to the ventral and dorsal turret weapons. The Mle 33 7.5 mm machine guns were replaced with the more powerful H.S. 404 20 mm autocannons.

On 7 June 1940, a variant NC 223.4 of the French Naval Aviation was the first allied bomber to fly into Germany and bomb Berlin, the flight dropped eight 250 kg and 80 x 10 kg bombs on Germany’s capital. While the ordinance was not much, the psychological impact was the goal and the raid was reproduced three days later. NC 223 bombers continued to serve in bombing roles until June 1940 when they were transferred to North Africa to fulfil the role of transport aircraft.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Farman Aviation Works (Avions Farman)
Bombers  F.222.2 · N.C.223.3*
  * Originally the F.223, it was redesignated NC.223 when Farman Aviation was absorbed into the nationalized SNCAC)

France bombers
Farman  F.222.2 · N.C.223.3
Potez  Potez 633
Liore et Olivier  LeO 451 early · LeO 451 late
Bloch  M.B.174A-3 · M.B.162 · M.B.175T
American  V-156-F · Martin 167-A3 · ▄A-35B · ▄SB2C-5 · ▄PB4Y-2