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This page is about the French twin-engine fighter VB.10C-1. For the other version, see VB.10-02.
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The VB.10C-1 is a rank IV French twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/SB) and 4.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

The VB.10 is a twin-engine fighter, with the second engine hidden behind the pilot driving its own set of propeller. Owing to its sleek design and contra-rotating propellers, it might appear as a single engine super-prop fighter. With 2 engines, the plane can achieve high speeds but it is heavy and does not fare well in dogfights.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 7 000 m710 km/h
Turn time24 s
Max altitude11 000 m
EngineHispano-Suiza 12Zars-15
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight10 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 7,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 679 659 11000 25.4 26.5 11.7 11.7 700
Upgraded 739 710 22.8 24.0 19.3 15.4


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
820 450 498 469 320 ~11 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 380 < 540 > 340
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,400 m 1,315 hp 1,500 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural820 km/h
Gear450 km/h
  • 50 mm Bulletproof glass in front and rear of the cockpit.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 740 → 2 185 Sl icon.png
RB5 240 → 6 581 Sl icon.png
SB7 050 → 8 854 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications40 800 Rp icon.png
78 900 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training48 000 Sl icon.png
Experts170 000 Sl icon.png
Aces820 Ge icon.png
Research Aces440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
60 / 180 / 410 % Sl icon.png
160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
4 100 Rp icon.png
7 900 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
4 100 Rp icon.png
7 900 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
4 600 Rp icon.png
8 900 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
3 400 Rp icon.png
6 600 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
3 400 Rp icon.png
6 600 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
4 400 Rp icon.png
8 500 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
4 600 Rp icon.png
8 900 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
4 400 Rp icon.png
8 500 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
3 400 Rp icon.png
6 600 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
4 400 Rp icon.png
8 500 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png


Offensive armament

Ammunition600 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min
Main article: Hispano 404 (20 mm)

The VB.10C-1 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannons, wing-mounted (150 rpg = 600 total)

The four cannons are arranged in bundles of two mounted in each wing. Each is armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire with each other until empty.

Usage in battles

The VB.10C-1, like most heavy fighters, is reliant on side climbing to engage enemy fighters, however this isn't the only way to play the VB.10C-1, if you decide to side climb and wait for enemy planes to drop down to lower altitudes they will find themselves in peril when a experienced pilot in a VB.10C-1 comes booming past with its quick dive rate and deadly armament of 4 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannons. The best tactic when flying solo is Boom & Zoom and play as the team's support fighter, as its great acceleration and heavy weight can allow you to make fast attacks against unsuspecting enemy fighters at lower altitudes that are pre-occupied with fighting friendly aircraft. The heavy weight can also help carry the planes speed when extending and helps retain a bit of speed when going back into a climb, be aware however that the VB.10C-1's size and weight makes it a considerable target if you happen to miss your engagement. The best tactic when flying in a group of two or more is to help teammates that are struggling in a dogfight with enemy fighters, as a large target the VB.10C-1 can distract enemy fighters and outrun most using its advantage in weight and energy which allows teammates to slide onto the enemies six o'clock and finish them off.

If you need to do a quick turn, set combat flaps and reduce the power of the engine to around 50%, then turn and close the combat flaps when half-finished with your manoeuvre. Be aware that turning in the VB.10C-1 is a way to intentionally or unintentionally bleed off any built-up energy. Conserve energy when possible in the VB.10C-1 as it lacks the capabilities to dogfight other fighters in fast or slow turning engagements.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons


  • Very fast at all altitudes, especially in a dive
  • Competitive climb rate at most altitudes
  • Good turn rate for it size
  • Good cockpit visibility (important for simulator battle players)
  • Can fly well with one engine, improving its chance to limp back to the airfield for repairs


  • The hidden rear-mounted engine can be hit by a chasing enemy
  • Heavy plane, resulting into poor flat acceleration and roll rate
  • Rudder is unresponsive at high speeds
  • Guns are mounted far from the centre, can make lining up shot difficult
  • Relatively low ammo count



The Arsenal VB-10 was a continuation in development from the earlier VG-33 aircraft designed during the early war period but unable to be manufactured in great numbers before the Battle of France which began in May 1940.

Under the Vichy government, the prior prototypes were reconsidered, and updated designs needed to be produced. Thus, the VB-10’s distinctive design of liquid cooled tandem engines were born. This was a method of circumnavigating the lack of a 2,000 HP engine with two 1,000 HP engines[1]. The new design was higher performance than two similar American interceptor projects; the XP-62[2] and XP-67[3], the twinned engine system producing a higher top speed and competitive rates of climb and service range during a test flight in July 1945.[4]


An initial order for 200 aircraft was placed after a test flight of the second prototype in September 1946 to enter service post-war, though this was reduced to 50 within three years. The first VB-10 took flight on 3rd November 1947 with Hispano-Suiza HS 12Z Ars 15/16 engines and the now standard armament for the prototype, four 20 mm cannons, replacing the prototypes' prior 23.7 mm machine guns.

The order was cancelled in September 1948 after just four of the aircraft were completed and tested. During the tests, mechanical failures caused two serious crashes, one of which was fatal and the aircraft were scrapped. The French Air Force would rely on foreign Allied fighter aircraft until the national production of jet-powered fighters began.[4]



See also

External links


  1. Hartmann, G. (2007) L’Arsenal de l’aéronautique. p. 4-7. [pdf] Available at: <http://www.hydroretro.net> [Accessed 13 August 2021].
  2. Bowers, P. (1979) Curtiss aircraft, 1907-1947. London: Putnam & Company Ltd, pp. 327–331.
  3. Francillon, R. (1988) McDonnell Douglas aircraft since 1920. London: Putnam Aeronautical Books, p. 372.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Green, W., Swanborough, G. (2001) The Complete Book of Fighters: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Every Fighter Aircraft Built and Flown. London: Salamander Books, pp. 30-31.
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Fighters  VB.10-02 · VB.10C-1

France twin-engine fighters and strike aircraft
Twin-engine fighters  Potez 630 · Potez 631 · VB.10C-1 · VB.10-02
Strike aircraft  Br.693AB2 · ▄AD-4 · ▄AD-4NA