Wirraway (Great Britain)
2 х 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 3
The ▄Wirraway is a premium rank I British attacker with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29. This Wirraway represents a version serving in the Australian Air Force.
The Wirraway is a premium Tier 1 ground attack aircraft for the British in War Thunder. It is characterized by its heavy payload, high manoeuvrability, and very low speed. The Wirraway is a easy handling aircraft, effective for its tier and is dirt cheap at only 450 golden eagles without a sale, which makes it a good starting premium for beginners.
The two machine guns are very accurate and have very fast rates of fire. This, combined with the plane's low speed and good stability, makes the Wirraway ideal for strafe attacks on lightly armoured ground targets, while the plane's heavy bomb load can destroy more heavily defended ground targets. The lack of a bombing reticle, in realistic battles, makes level bombing very inaccurate and impractical.
It has an impressive pay load of 2 x 500 lb bombs and 2 x 250 lb bombs, making it devastating to ground units. In realistic, use it as a dive bomber as it has no aiming reticle. However, long fast dives in the Wirraway are not recommended, as the plane will quickly exceed the airframe's never exceed speed (VNE), which is between 380-420 kph. If a Wirraway is going faster than 400 kph, it has likely already lost one or both of its wings, or is about to.
Additionally, the Wirraway's cockpit offers great visibility, but little pilot protection. Wirraway pilots must be wary against pilot sniping.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,200 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,200 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flaps
|Max Static G|
|< 320||< 320||< 320||> 130|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|1.120 m||550 hp||600 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.
The Wirraway (Great Britain) is armed with:
- 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers E machine guns, nose-mounted (650 rpg = 1,300 total)
The Wirraway (Great Britain) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 4 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
- 2 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
- 2 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs + 2 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,500 lb total)
The Wirraway (Great Britain) is defended by:
- 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, dorsal turret (576 rpg)
Usage in battles
In arcade, the Wirraway makes a great fighter-bomber, good for attacking ground units but also to rack some air kills. In realistic, the Wirraway becomes even better. While sluggish when fully laden, once it releases it bombs it is very manoeuvrable and will out turn almost everything it comes across. Use its manoeuvrability to your advantage as your weak armament will do some, but not a lot of, damage. The rear machine gun can be useful of scaring off enemies commonly faced by the Wirraway such as the He 51 and the Ki-27. The highest ranked plane it will see are Bf 109 E-1's which are devastating to the little Wirraway. This little plane may be nimble but is not fast. It is one of the slowest climbers in the game and with a max speed of 356 kph even the slowest of planes can catch up to it.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage repair||Radiator||Offensive 7 mm|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 7 mm MGs||mk.21|
|III||Wings repair||Engine||Turret 7 mm|
|IV||Engine injection||Cover||New 7 mm MGs (turret)|
Pros and cons
- Large bomb load
- Good manoeuvrability
- Good survivability (especially against enemy 7.7 mm MGs)
- Rear gunner
- High visibility cockpit
- Low stall speed
- Very slow
- No bombing reticule (Realistic/Simulator Battles)
- Very low rip speed (416 kph)
In 1936, the Royal Australian Air Force began evaluating foreign-designed aircraft for local production and established the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation to oversee production. In 1937, the North American NA-16 "Basic Combat" aircraft was selected as the first "home-built" Australian military aircraft. The NA-16, with some modifications, would go on to see service in the US Army Air Corps as the BC-1 before being re-designated the T-6 Texan (later AT-6 Texan), in the US Navy as the SNJ-1, in the Royal Air Force, the Royal Canadian Air Force and South African Air Force as the Havard. The NA-16 was used as a Trainer and as a "Hack", a second-line plane used for courier and transport duties, by air forces around the world.
After acquiring production licenses, CAC bought and shipped two production model NA-16s to Australia as prototypes. There the two North American planes were tested and modifications to CAC production aircraft were ordered to improve combat capability: primarily, an additional forward-firing machine gun and strengthened wings to allow dive bombing. This improved NA-16 entered production as the CAC CA-1 Wirraway in March 1939, although actual production proceeded at a leisurely pace. When the war started in September, the RAAF had only six Wirraways.
The RAAF had expressed interest in obtaining an interceptor version of the Wirraway, but it was never designed (Instead, the Australian-designed CAC Boomerang Mk.I would be built using the Wirraway as a starting point. The British RAF was also interested in obtaining the Wirraway, but as CAC production could not meet even the RAAF orders, RAF procurement never happened. The Wirraway was constantly modified throughout the war, with CA-3, -5, -7, -8, -9, -10A (not a production model, but a standard that previous Wirraways were upgraded to), and -16 models.
When the Pacific War broke out, seven RAAF squadrons were equipped with Wirraways. Throughout the first months of the war, the Wirraway was pressed into service as a light bomber and as an "emergency fighter". It performed well enough in the ground attack role (which it was designed for), but suffered badly in air-to-air combat, scoring only a single air-to-air kill against a lone zero while on a scouting mission. The Wirraway saw most of its combat action on New Guinea, before being withdrawn as more powerful American-built planes became available.
As a trainer, the Wirraway would serve in the RAAF and Royal Australian Navy (as the CA-20 Wirraway) until 1959. Over 750 Wirraways were built for the Australian military, and more than fifteen still exist, with at least ten in flying condition.
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