|B2-X Century Bomber|
Heavy Bomber/Troop Transport
6x "Jethro" 500lb. gravity bombs (9 with Advanced Aeronautics)
|“|| Just give us a target and we're on our way.|
- Century awaiting target
Built by Norwell-Hucks Corp., the B2-X is the embodiment of Allies' policy of managing contested airsapces. With a VTOL design, superior amenities and a high fuel capacity, the Century bomber is able to carry a large payload of high explosive bombs to rain on the enemy. The service on the Centuries is an honour, with many airmen vying for the job.
It sports a highly sophisticated design, making use of many advanced systems and engineering advancements, notably jointed wings for optimal storage and brushed-aluminium outer hull to resist soot and rust. To protect Allied secrets, each Century Bomber is programmed to explode in case of crash landing.
|Paradrop||Century Bombers can also be loaded with 5 infantry units that can be para-dropped anywhere on the map. The bomber is also capable of performing a bombing run while infantry are loaded into the hold.|
|“|| No more belly aching from them!|
- Century releasing its paratroopers
The Century bomber is the Allied equivalent to the Kirov airship. Like the Kirov, it is completely helpless against fighters and should always be escorted if there is a significant enemy air threat. If shot down, it causes significant damage to whatever it crashes into. In order to construct Century bombers, an Airbase with access to Maximum Clearance is needed. Century bombers must also reload at an Airbase after dropping their bombs.
The Century bomber is significantly faster than the Kirov, but is not quite as tough. It is also somewhat more versatile, being able to carry troops as well as bombs. The only Imperial weapon which can be considered an equivalent to the Century Bomber (and the Harbinger gunship) is the Giga Fortress. The Soviets also have the Badger Bomber, which has similar carrying capacity. However, this type of bomber cannot be deployed directly, despite its superior maneuverability.
Its main role is to carpet bomb enemy bases and unit formations and paradrop infantry onto the battlefield. It can carry bombs and paratroopers at the same time, which means that it is possible to bomb a target and then use the infantry to finish it off. If the Century is shot down, all infantry onboard will be lost. The Century drops its bombs in a line, so some care must be taken in choosing the direction of attack in order to maximize damage.
- Highly destructive bombs
- Can take on board up to 5 infantry units and paradrop them behind the enemy lines.
- Heavy armor
- Can be upgraded with Advanced Aeronautics, which increases its bomb capacity
- Much faster than Kirov Airship
- A squadron of 4 century bombers with Advanced Aeronautics can destroy even the toughest buildings in a single bombing run
- Expensive ($2000) and Requires Maximum Clearance (Tier 3)
- Limited Ammo,So it will repeatably return in order to Rearm
- Production is limited to the amount of empty slots on an airfield
- MiG fighters, Jet Tengus and rogue Apollo fighters pose a threat
- Not as tough as Kirov
- Paratroopers are dropping down slowly thus they are an easy target for anti-air
- Can't return to base on Command
- Inaccurate on some targets and, as such, many bombs are wasted.
Notes from the field
Battlefield reconnaissance has revealed at least these facts about the Century Bomber:
• Carpet bombing -- The Century is intended for use against enemy strongholds, as its bomb load-out makes up for a lack of overall accuracy with a great deal of punch. A given bomber tends to release its payload leading up to its coordinates, to ensure the maximum number of bombs is on target.
• Bring an entourage -- While the Century is respectably swift for a heavy bomber, it of course is slower than, say, a Soviet air superiority fighter. The Century is able to shrug off some anti-aircraft fire en route to its destination, but ultimately requires support to continue operating in enemy airspace.
• Plenty of parachutes -- Infantry loaded in a Century Bomber are always prepared to deploy via parachute. Parachutists of course are vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire.
• A flying bomb -- Though the Century is highly unlikely to explode in midair, this aircraft is fitted with so many sophisticated systems that it is designed to detonate and combust on impact, should it crash. As a result, the Soviets have yet to recover any data from the few Centuries that have gone down.
- Just give us a target, and we're on our way!
- Coming in, loud and clear!
- Fine as cream gravy!
- Century here, I'm all ears!
- Come in, HQ!
- Just give us the orders!
- They are counting on us, boys!
- Ready to do what needs to be done!
- Century Bomber, ready for our first mission!
- Heading over!
- Confirm, HQ!
- Copy, there new coordinates!
- Yes sir!
- Roger that!
- You can count on us!
- We've got new orders!
Evacuates the passenger
- Do us proud out there!
- Out you go!
- Good luck out there, boys!
- Careful on the way down!
- No more belly aching from them!
Move to Attack
- Well boys, I reckon this is it!
- Let's give 'em whats coming to 'em!
- Coming through!
- We have visual contact!
- We got our mission!
- We've got clearance, gentleman!
- Hang on, boys!
- Check those bomb doors!
- Change of plans!
- Let's set her down!
- Returning to base!
- Get that repair crew ready!
- Spark up the barbecue, we're coming home!
- Ready that damage report!
- Let's get the heck out of here!
- Well shoot, let's go then!
- Oh horse feathers, they're onto us
- We're taking some flak, sir!
- Sir, I think we've been hit!
- Put out those fires back there!
- We'll need some repairs after this one!
- Dog gone it! They're firing at us!!
- Oohh oohh oooohhhh!!!
- Yaaahoo! Yaahoooo!!!
- Oohh man!
- Pull her up! Pull her up!
Being a War of the Three Powers Allied Bomber, the Century seemed to go back in time being slow and only eqquipped with a few bombs unlike present-day supersonic stealth bombers which can go around the world and back in only a few hours. This is maybe due to balancing purposes.
However, the case is that Century is a tactical bomber with VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) capability, optimised to perform from forward field Airbases, unlike strategic bombers like Allied own Artemis (indeed a supersonic strategic bomber, however lacking VTOL capability and thus needing a specially built airfield) and Soviet Badger-class bomber.
Behind the scenes
- "Norwell-Hucks" is probably based on Rockwell, an aviation company in real-life that produced the B-1 bomber.
- Several of the quotes from pilots are reminiscent of quotes from "Dr Strangelove."