Typhoon Mk Ib/L
|This page is about the British fighter Typhoon Mk Ib/L. For other versions, see Typhoon Mk Ia and Typhoon Mk Ib.|
The Typhoon Mk Ib /Late is a rank III British fighter with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB), 4.3 (RB), and 5.0 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.
The Typhoon is a heavily armed, fast fighter bomber which excels in Boom and Zoom tactics. It is armed with four deadly Hispano cannons, which can obliterate enemy fighters with the air targets belt. With all modules purchased, the Typhoon is one of the fastest planes in its tier, reaching speeds of almost 700km/h in level flight. You also have an excellent climb rate and great manoeuvrability, enabling you to dogfight quite effectively against some targets.
You also get some decent payload options. A choice of 2 x 250, 500 or 1000 lb bombs or 8 x RP-3 rockets allow you to hit enemy ground targets hard and fast. Just beware that carrying such payloads will adversely affect your flight characteristics. In realistic battles ground forces, it is best to assess the situation on the battlefield. If the enemy team is ground forces heavy, you can choose to thin them out with bombs or rockets. You can even use your cannons to good effect on light targets like the Wirbelwind and PT-76. If the enemy team has a high volume of aircraft in the air, leave the payload and just focus on taking them out.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,248 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 390||< 440||< 480||> 337|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|1,447 m||2,065 hp||2,271 hp|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|4,981 m||1,735 hp||1,908 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 42.8 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front
- 12.7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
- 3 mm Steel plate in front of the engine
- 1 mm Steel plate behind the engine
The Typhoon Mk Ib/L is armed with:
- 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (140 rpg = 560 total)
The Typhoon Mk Ib/L can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 2 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (500 lb total)
- 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
- 2 x 1,000 lb M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 8 x RP-3 rockets
Usage in battles
Typhoon Mk Ib/L is like the other Typhoons a superb altitude fighter, to dive down on unaware enemies and strike then take off with the speed it gained from diving to gain a high altitude for the purpose to either do a second pass on an enemy or engage a new enemy target. It got a great speed for a 4.3/4.7(RB/AB) but its insufficent climbing speed makes it possibly for enemy threats to out climb it.
Major threats to the Typhoon Mk Ib/L are aircrafts like Yak-3, Bf 109's, A7M and P-38L-5-LO being able to outclimb, turn faster and keep up or out run the typhoon making them deadly enemies for it to face. But strong structure of the Typhoon's wings make it able to outdive most of them to get away.
In Arcade battles the 4x20mm are lethal to most aircraft and with boost of speed and climbrate makes it able to climb high and easier do "hit and run" tactics where it will shine most, engage enemies in dogfights are not the strong suit of the Typhoon and is ill adviced to do in any battle mode.
In Realistic its an excellent Boom and Zoomer, to get high altitude and dive on unexpected pilots. The climbing speed is sufficent enough to make it outclimb and do well as a Hit n Run aircraft in lower rating battles, but in higher rating battles it gonna have fierce competition in the sky.
Typhoon is also an excellent option to take with into Ground Battles, being able to carry 2x1000lbs, 2x500lbs, 2x250lb or 8x RP-3 rockets into battle makes it capable to assist and support ground units in battle, Also 4x20mm with ground target ammunition can strafe at right angels to immobilize or do critical damage to most enemy tanks from above, buying time or protects allid ground units from potential threats.
Manual Engine Control
Not auto controlled
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
|I||Fuselage repair||Radiator||Offensive 20 mm||HSBC mk.2|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 20 mm cannons||HMBC mk.2|
|III||Wings repair||Engine||Mk.II year 1942||HLBC mk.2|
|IV||Engine injection||Cover||Mk.II year 1943||HRC mk.8|
Pros and cons
- Can turn with Bf 109s when between 350 and 450 km/h IAS
- 4 x high damage Hispano cannons
- Great Boom & Zoom aircraft
- Retains energy well
- Has four suspended ordnance options (three varieties of bombs and RP-3 rockets)
- Terrible roll rate
- Cannon recoil can cause aircraft to lose speed and the Hispanos easily jam even when spaded
- Plane controls start to lock when the speed is over 537 km/h
- Increased parasitic drag when carrying 2 x 1,000 lb bombs
- Plane can be difficult to play when stock
The Hawker Typhoon was a single engine, single seat fighter which first entered service with the RAF in 1941. Typhoon fighters of the first production series were equipped with a canopy with massive framing and a Rover-produced car-type side door for cockpit access. The first modification of this was to replace some of the solid metal fairings with transparent panels and cut down the pilot’s head armor plate to help increase visibility. Lack of visibility remained a significant problem and whilst a new canopy was being developed, the bulky radio mast and its fairing were replaced with a whip aerial further aft along the fuselage. A new drop-shaped canopy was designed for the pilot's cockpit, providing a good all-round view. The new canopies were fitted on the production aircraft from September 1943 on.
The fighters were equipped with more powerful 2,200 hp Napier Sabre Mk.IIB and 2,260 hp Napier Sabre Mk.IIC engines, as well as new four-bladed de Havilland propellers. The wing-mounted armament consisted of four 20 mm British Hispano Mk.II belt-fed cannons with 140 rounds per gun. The projecting cannon barrels were equipped with fairings to reduce drag.
By the end of 1943, these improvements had been implemented on the majority of the Typhoons already in service.
By the time these later Mk IBs were in service, the aircraft’s shortcomings as a fighter had been identified, but it coped perfectly in the role of a fighter-bomber and a close air-support aircraft, striking German airfields, communication lines, railways, and ships.
Since Typhoons were flown at low altitudes under strong enemy anti-aircraft fire, the designers paid great attention to protecting the pilot and the aircraft's vital systems. The pilot's head and back were protected with an armored backrest and a 38-mm-thick armored glass windscreen. An armor plate protecting the engine was fitted behind the propeller fairing.
After many early teething problems, critical failures and threats to be withdrawn from service altogether, the Typhoon finally found its niche as a rugged, dependable ground attack aircraft. It achieved notoriety amongst German soldiers during the Normandy campaign when, whilst Spitfires were achieving air superiority, the Typhoons were able to cause mayhem amongst German ground units. The Typhoon's production was discontinued in November 1945, and it was withdrawn from service in early 1947. All in all, 3,205 Hawker Typhoon Mk.IB aircraft were produced.
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