Premium Aircraft are planes that are acquired by purchasing them with gold, either through the Portal's gift shop https://na.wargaming.net/shop/wowp/?utm_content=premium-shop&utm_medium=link&utm_source=site&utm_campaign=wowp-portal, or from the game client Store. Some premium aircraft can be available as gifts from a special event, part of a promotion package or an incentive for new players.
All Premium Aircraft start with an "Elite" status since they have nothing to research, and can not be upgraded further.
Premium Aircraft are designed to add extra experience to pre-trained crews of the same nation and aircraft type, without a retraining penalty. Because of reduced repair and ammunition costs, premium aircraft earn credits at a higher rate than regular aircraft of the same tier.
Index of Aircraft.
Grumman XF4F-3, Kochyerigin Sh (LBSh) and Messerschmitt Bf 110C-6, current page.
Chance-Vought XF4U-1, Curtiss P-40 M-105, IL-2 (mod.), Messerschmitt Me 209 V, Miles M.20 http://forum.worldofwarplanes.com/index.php?/topic/25302-a-quick-guide-to-premium-aircraft/page__pid__352586#entry352586
Brewster F2A-1 Buffalo, Blohm und Voss Ha 137, Curtiss Hawk III, Curtiss Model 81A-1, Curtiss XP-31, Dornier Do-17Z-7, Hawker Hurricane IID, Kampfflugplatte Sleipnir I and Polikarpov I-15bis DM-2 http://forum.worldofwarplanes.com/index.php?/topic/25302-a-quick-guide-to-premium-aircraft/page__pid__352587#entry352587
Bell XP-77, Messerschmitt Me 210 and Tomashevich Pegasus http://forum.worldofwarplanes.com/index.php?/topic/25302-a-quick-guide-to-premium-aircraft/page__pid__352589#entry352589
Arado Ar 197, Bell XFL-1 Airabonita and Kochyerigin BSh-1 http://forum.worldofwarplanes.com/index.php?/topic/25302-a-quick-guide-to-premium-aircraft/page__pid__352590#entry352590
Curtiss F-11C, Curtiss P-36-C Hawk, De Havilland 98 Mosquito FB 26, Fairey Fantome, Focke-Wulf Fw 56 Stosser, Mitsubishi Ki-33, North American Mustang P-51K and Supermarine Type 224 http://forum.worldofwarplanes.com/index.php?/topic/25302-a-quick-guide-to-premium-aircraft/page__pid__352706#entry352706
Bell P-39Q-15, North American Mustang Mk.I and Supermarine Spitfire V DB 605 http://forum.worldofwarplanes.com/index.php?/topic/25302-a-quick-guide-to-premium-aircraft/page__st__40__pid__426043#entry426043
Breda Ba.27 Metallico, Gloster Meteor F. I and Nakajima Ki-43-Ic http://forum.worldofwarplanes.com/index.php?/topic/25302-a-quick-guide-to-premium-aircraft/page__st__40__pid__456001#entry456001
Fisher XP-75 Eagle, Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8/R2, Gloster Meteor F. I (updated), Mitsubishi J4M Senden and Yakovlev Yak-3RD http://forum.worldofwarplanes.com/index.php?/topic/25302-a-quick-guide-to-premium-aircraft/page__st__40__pid__481747#entry481747
Aircraft available as of 1.0.0
Tier IV Messerschmitt Bf 110C-6 Sale/Full price 575/1150 Gold
Since it's the only premium Heavy Fighter currently in the game, that can be purchased, currently (and if you like the playstyle or just want a very good credit earner), it's almost a no brainer. For newer players or those who haven't tried Heavy Fighters before, I would recommend either playing up to the Bf 110B or even the Bristol Blenheim F to get a feel, before spending real world money on this (I bought one).
- The best firepower in Tier IV (the next aircraft to get a 30 mm cannon is the Me 410, at tier VI).
- Nearly as fast as it's fully upgraded tech tree counterparts (rated at 473, the Tier IV Bf 110B is rated at 512 with the top engine).
- Good optimum operational altitude at 1500m, and aircraft retains good control ability above 3000m.
- Below average maneuverability and rate of climb (un-boosted).
The mounted 7.92 mm MG-17 (1940) is shared with the Alpha Tester Gift German Heavy Fighter; Messerschmitt Me 210. The 30 mm MK-101 is unique to this aircraft.
Tier IV Kochyerigin Sh (LBSh) Sale/Full price 575/1150 Gold
A fast and exceptionally armed Attack Aircraft. Very good armor and can go air-to-air with surprising results. Select the 4xFAB-100 bomb option and load up on Armor Piercing Incendiary and watch the credits roll in (I didn't buy one, have the Pegas at tier 2 and a pre-order BSh-1 at tier 3). Playing a BSh-2 or if you have a pre-order BSh-1, will give you a "taste" of what this plane is similar to (except, you will have a rear gunner in this and the BSh-1).
- Nearly matches the firepower with the Tier IV BSh-2
- Excellent dive speed (even without boost).
- The only Soviet Attack Aircraft of the same tier, with a rear gunner.
- Below average maneuverability and rate of climb (un-boosted)
The mounted 20 mm ShVAK (1936) is unique to this aircraft. The mounted 7.62 mm ShKAS (1933) are shared with the Kochyerigin BSh-1.
Tier IV Grumman XF4F-3 Sale/Full price 600/1200 Gold
If you "bought" the tier 3 F2A-1 Buffalo in Beta for tokens, this plane is almost the same, but with double the guns! For newer players and those who haven't tried American Fighters, either try out the tier 3 Hawk 75 or the tier 4 F2A Buffalo to get a "better feel" of this aircraft. Like most American planes it can "Boom and Zoom" and "Turn and Burn" very well, but not exceptional in either one.
- Faster than it's fully upgraded tech tree counterparts (rated at 474. F2A Buffalo rated at 448, P-36 Hawk rated at 469, both with top engines installed).
- Good rate of climb (boosted and un-boosted).
- Below average maneuverability.
- Weapons suffer a short heat cycle when firing.
The mounted 12.7 mm M2 is also shared with the XF4U-1. The mounted 7.62 mm AN/M2 is shared with the Beta premium Brewster F2A-1, Chance-Vought XF4U-1 and pre-order Bell XFL-1.
Now, if you were to buy any of these planes, you also get a pilot/crew trained to 100% in that aircraft. The bonus? Take any of your pilots of the same nation and aircraft type, and put them into the right plane (DO NOT RETRAIN THEM) and "double" their experience earned (be sure to select "accelerated crew training" to speed the process up, unless you want to convert the experience with gold at a later date).
Also, if these planes are bought from the ingame store with gold, they DO NOT come with a hanger slot. Only through the Gift Shop packages are hanger slots included.
Edited by Quesnel, 30 December 2014 - 06:26 PM.