N.C.223.3

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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
Yak-38 Pack
N.C.223.3
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GarageImage N.C.223.3.jpg
N.C.223.3
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Description

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

Max speed
at 4 000 m400 km/h
Turn time29 s
Max altitude8 000 m
Engine4 х Hispano-Suiza 12Y-29
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight19 t

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
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 383 369 8000 29.8 30.4 4.4 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 + -
450 320  491 453 260 ~5 ~4
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

Crew5 people
Speed of destruction
Structural450 km/h
Gear320 km/h
  • No armour
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (4 in each wing)

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB630 → 797 Sl icon.png
RB1 950 → 2 468 Sl icon.png
SB2 000 → 2 532 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications5 950 Rp icon.png
4 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost410 Ge icon.png
Crew training1 800 Sl icon.png
Experts6 300 Sl icon.png
Aces80 Ge icon.png
Research Aces140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
30 / 80 / 100 % Sl icon.png
106 / 106 / 106 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
230 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
230 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
450 Rp icon.png
Cost:
340 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
370 Rp icon.png
Cost:
280 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
370 Rp icon.png
Cost:
280 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
640 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
450 Rp icon.png
Cost:
340 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
640 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
7_5mm_turret_belt_pack
Research:
300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
230 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
200 GPs
Research:
300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
230 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods turret gun.png
mac39_turret_new_gun
Research:
450 Rp icon.png
Cost:
340 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
hispano_mk5_turret_belt_pack
Research:
370 Rp icon.png
Cost:
280 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
200 GPs S5
Research:
370 Rp icon.png
Cost:
280 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods turret gun.png
hispano_mk5_turret_new_gun
Research:
640 Rp icon.png
Cost:
480 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Suspended armament

Number of setups3
List of setups
Setup 152 x 50 kg G.A. MMN. 50
Setup 25 x 200 kg No.1
7 x 100 kg No.1
Setup 315 x 200 kg No.1
7 x 100 kg No.1
(ammunition: 12 rounds)

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 + 12 x 100 kg No.1 bombs (4,200 kg total)

Defensive armament

2 х Turret20 mm Hispano 404 cannon
Ammunition240 rounds
Fire rate701 shots/min
Turret7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gun
Ammunition1000 rounds
Fire rate1350 shots/min

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 N.C.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. As of update 1.97, 5 of the 200 kg No.1 bombs can destroy a base, so with the upgraded bombload you should be able to easily destroy 3 bases, and keep all 12 100kg No.1 Bombs for the enemy airfield, or to destroy the fourth base in some maps . However, it is still capable of turning entire columns of medium tanks to flaming scrap if escorted in higher level battles, with Hispano gun turrets available if an enemy tries to attack the plane.

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Strong defensive firepower
  • Currently has the largest payload available from any other Rank I bomber, rivalling 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 for its 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
  • Spawn at a very high altitude making it almost impossible for planes to get up to it before it drops the bombs

Cons:

  • Low maneuverability 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 protection
  • Roll rate starts stiffening at ~320 km/h
  • 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 utilizing 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 nationalization 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 fulfill the role of transport aircraft.

The one in-game was a bomber version with different, weaker engines than the original NC. 223 (910 hp Hispano-Suiza 12Y-29 engines instead of the 1,100 hp engines on the NC. 223). 8 of them were built.

Media

See also

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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