Monday, 7 November 2016

High speed, low drag - Arado Ar 234 B & Me 262 A2a 'Sturmvogel'


In this post: Introduction to the newest member of my German air support fleet, the Arado Ar 234 B jet-engine bomber, and an old friend who has received an updated color scheme, Me 262 A2a 'Sturmvogel' jet-engine fighter-bomber.

Arado Ar 234 B

Lets start with the newest addition first, Arado Ar 234 B. It was first introduced into the game with the addition of the Bridge at Remagen book. Its speciality is its jet-engines which give it the High-speed Jet rule:

Being able to run off from its enemies is handy, though AA still hits it normally. In my opinion it would be nice to have a +1 to hit it, just because its jet-engines gives it higher speed than piston engine planes.

As for the stats, it only has bombs as weaponry but those are one hefty ones, 2 1000kg bombs below both engines. With Anti-tank 6 not many tanks are going to want to take a hit from it, not even with Top Armor 2. Add to that Firepower +1 and you have a good buster for every job. Alas being only Sporadic support and requiring a 4+ to hit its targets, it not very reliable.

Arado Ar 234 B

Arado Ar 234 Bs flight base

Me 262 A2a 'Sturmvogel'

The second option in my air support pool is the Me 262 A2a 'Sturmvogel' that Germans developed. This one I've had for a longer time but with the Arado, I decided to repaint it. The Me 262 is similar to Arado in few ways, it too has the High-speed Jet rule and is armed with bombs, though little less potent than Arados. But in addition to bombs Me 262 also has cannons in its use.

Me 262 A2a 'Sturmvogel'

Me 262 A2a 'Sturmvogel's flight  base

Close ups of both

Escorting the bomber wing
 That's all for now. Thank you for watching.

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