View Full Version : gun pods

05-01-2007, 01:29 PM
hi there camaraden

i don't know the purpose of the "gun pods"....
what does it mean and why use it???


05-01-2007, 01:31 PM
You've noticed how with some aircraft you can hang bombs or rockets under the wings? Ditto for gun pods. The purpose is obvious: more guns to shoot with.

05-01-2007, 01:38 PM
Gun pods were used by several airforces, but most notably the Luftwaffe. They were introduced to help mainly the Me-109 to down Allied bombers. They added 20mm and 30mm wing gondola pods which affect handling, but make attacking bombers more survivable. Slashing attacks from altitude could deliver more cannon-fire in one pass, then escape away to regain height and do it again. In the game, you will probably need a regularly armed fighter escort for these planes, as they are vulnerable to defensive fighters.

05-01-2007, 07:26 PM
I've been flying Me-110s in a southern campaign. With the two canons, 4 machinge guns in the nose and a 37mm cannon in a pod on the centerline, and, you can take out a lot of ground targets. They fire slowly but pack a wallop.

I don't know why, but you catch a lot of Russkis not checking their 6 and get some air kills too. If you keep your speed up, you can outrun some attacking fighters, although the 37 pod does slow you down maybe 40-50kts. But it's not on the a/c every mission.

My biggest problem has been anti-aircraft. The 110 seems to be a AAA magnet!