Go through the Fundamentals section to get the hang of the gameplay basics before taking your warbird to the skies.


Once you have logged in, take your time to explore and familiarize yourself with the Hangar .Whether you need to repair or change your aircraft, customize, upgrade or buy a new one or just manage your crew, the Hangar is the place you need to be.

1. Buy/Extend Premium Account
Purchase or extend your Premium Account.
2. Player’s name and account type
View your in-game name and current account type.
3. Number of players online and in queue
View the total number of people currently logged into the game client; number of players waiting to get matched up and get into battle.
4. Tech Tree
Browse all the aircraft of a particular tech tree and filter them by nation.
5. Store
Buy or sell your aircraft, upgrades, ammunition, equipment and consumables.
6. Service Record
Check your victory/defeat statistics, awards and special victory marks earned in battle.
7. Service
Repair your aircraft, load ammunition and add consumables.
8. Upgrades
Research, purchase, and mount modules and purchase and mount equipment.
9. Paint Shop
Customize the look of your aircraft by applying various paint schemes to its fuselage, wings and tail.
10. Game Menu
Access the game settings, disconnect from the server and exit or return to a game.
11. Get Gold
Refill your balance with gold.
12. Currency Exchange
Convert gold into credits.
13. Experience Exchange
Convert battle experience into Free Experience.
14. Aircraft Experience
View battle experience earned on the current aircraft. You can use XP to research modules or new plane from the same tech tree.
15. Current aircraft type and mode
View the model and name of your currently selected aircraft.
16. Current aircraft specifications
View the general specifications of the currently selected aircraft.
17. Crew Panel
View the crew of the currently selected aircraft.
18. Current aircraft image
View a 3D image of the currently selected aircraft.
19. Flight Menu
Rally a team to battle.
20. Battle!
Click to join a battle.
21. Battle Menu
Access the different battle modes.
22. Aircraft panel
View all your available aircraft.
23. System Notifications
Access the system notifications overview.
24. Channels
Search, join, and create channels.
25. Contacts
View your World of Warplanes contact list.
26. Filters
View the filters that enable you to customize the Aircraft panel view.

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To be victorious in aerial combat, it is important to know own strengths and weaknesses as well as those of your enemy. Weaponry, speed, maneuverability, armor and the availability of a rear gunner, all these characteristics can determine the outcome of a fight. All the aircraft in World of Warplanes vary a lot in terms of performance and specifications, depending on their tier as well as their country of origin. Each nation represented in the game has aviation traditions of its own, which are reflected in the characteristics of their in-game aircraft fleet.

The tech tree of every nation (apart from Japan) consists of two branches. The first one always contains light fighters, the key players in any aerial battle. The second branch features warplanes that are specific to the nation, highlighting its unique take on aerial warfare.


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The German planes featured in the game, usually have high speed and strong armament. After WWI, German engineers were not able to develop any military aircraft for a long time. Because of this they poured their resources mainly into the development of high-speed sports cars. However, the advances they made in this work did later benefit the development of Germany’s aircraft immensely.

Strong water-cooled engines gave their fighter planes excellent climb and dive abilities. Moreover, thanks to their heavy-caliber cannons and machine guns, they were able to sometimes destroy their target with only one good burst. German heavy fighters, designed to intercept enemy attack planes, were highly capable machines that could carry even more deadly weapons, even if it was at the expense of slightly reduced mobility.

For the complete list of German aircraft featured in the game, see the German Tech Tree.





Soviet fighters aren’t as powerful as the German ones, but they have superior maneuvrability specifications and are almost equal to German aircraft in speed. Their strong point is close combat, where they are able to out-maneuver almost any opponent.

The USSR’s nation-specific branch consists of ground attack aircraft. Their main purpose is to destroy ground targets that is why they feature heavy armor and a vast arsenal of very damaging weapons. Whilst sturdy, ground attack aircraft should try to avoid close air-to-air combat because of their slow speed and poor maneuvrability. However, if pressured, they still can become dangerous opponents, thanks to their high HP amounts and capable rear gunner. If played correctly, they are a valuable addition to any team’s line-up. Remember, it’s easier for a ground attack aircraft to take down an enemy aircraft than it is for a fighter to destroy a ground target.

For the complete list of Soviet aircraft featured in the game, see the Soviet Tech Tree.





American fighter aircraft are similar to their German counterparts with their superb speed specifications and fire power. At the same time, they remain pretty well-armored, showing the American’s focus on building aircraft that would be durable and reliable in battle. In addition to that, US aircraft often carried unusual weapon combinations that made them stand out from the crowd when compared to other nations’ fighters. As such they would often mount machine guns of a larger caliber, which are inferior to lighter guns in terms of fire range or accuracy, but compensate through an outstanding fire rate. This advantage can come in pretty handy in intense, close-range dogfights.

The second branch of American-specific planes are carrier-based fighters which are capable aircraft interceptors that can also do their part on ground attack duty thanks to their ability to carry light bombs and rockets. Being better armored than their land-based counterparts, they can take more heat for a longer amount of time, which can be a life-saver in dicey situations.

For the complete list of American aircraft featured in the game, see the American Tech Tree.





The completely carrier-based Japanese aircraft fleet consists of the most nimble aircraft in all of World of Warplanes. Thanks to their unmatched maneuverability, getting away from a Japanese attacker on your tail can prove to be one of the most challenging tasks in the game. Light, quick and decently armed, Japanese aircraft are a perfect fit for any player looking for intense and aggressive gameplay.

However, all of this increased nimbleness comes at the price of a pretty low HP pool. Japanese engineers sacrificed armoring and fuel tank capacity in order to reduce the weight of their planes to maximize their offensive potential. Therefore, Japanese aircraft are good offensive interceptors but need to watch out on defense, where they’re incapable of sustaining enemy fire for a very long time.

For the complete list of Japanese aircraft featured in the game, see the Japanese Tech Tree.


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British aviation is represented by a unique range of warplanes with a flair of their own. They demonstrate the country’s unique approach to aircraft development and aerial warfare.

British fighters display impressive results both in low and high-altitude dogfights. The Spitfire light fighter class is well known for its superb maneuverability, providing a formidable challenge to any aircraft engaging it in a close maneuver air combat. The Spitfire was the only Allied aircraft to remain in continuous production throughout the duration of the war. The second UK branch features heavy fighters – high-speed machines with excellent climb rates, making them perfect predators at high altitude.

For the complete list of British aircraft featured in the game, see the British Tech Tree.

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In World of Warplanes you can choose between various aircraft types and categories.

When preparing for battle, browse through your aircraft specifications to learn more about each aircraft and its capabilities.

Aircraft Types



Lightweight aircraft effective in active dogfight due to high maneuverability, though vulnerable to AA gunfire.
Heavy Fighter Heavily armed aircraft with high speed and rate of climb; perfect for destroying enemy attack aircraft and ground targets.
Attack Aircraft Highly durable aircraft, designed to destroy ground targets; very dangerous in a head-on attack.

Aircraft Categories


Available to all players from the beginning of the game. Each nation is represented by one basic aircraft. Basics are free and repaired automatically after each battle. Once you have researched all available modules for a basic aircraft, you can unlock and purchase more advanced aircraft of this nation.
Standard Can be purchased for credits after researching required modules. Experience earned on standard aircraft is bound to these very aircraft and can be distributed only towards researching these aircraft.
Premium Available for gold. Premium aircraft do not require any research, however, they cannot be upgraded. Experience earned on a Premium aircraft can be converted to Free Experience or distributed towards accelerating crew training.
Elite An aircraft with all available upgrades and technical branches already researched. An Elite aircraft keeps all the qualities of a Premium.

Aircraft Specifications

To maximize your battle performance and give an advantage to your team in combat, get familiarized with your aircraft specifications.

Hit Points                   Aircraft ability to absorb damage.
Total firepower of all aircraft weapons.
Top aircraft speed and acceleration performance.
Maneuverability      Aircraft ability to change direction vertically and horizontally.


General aircraft specifications are displayed in the Hangar beside the currently selected aircraft. For a detailed view, click the arrow beside each specification.

You can compare the specifications of all available aircraft and choose the one that best suits your strategic purposes.


To compare another aircraft with the currently selected one, right-click an aircraft in the Aircraft panel and select Information. A window pops up in the top left corner, showing the aircraft details and specifications.

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Each aircraft is operated by a crew, which may consist of a pilot and rear gunner, or just a pilot. Note that the number of crew members may differ, depending on the aircraft type.

The crew of your current aircraft is displayed in the Hangar on Crew panel.


Crew Training

Each crew member has proficiency and a set of skills. The level of proficiency greatly influences aircraft effectiveness in battles.


Influences aircraft overall battle performance. The pilot’s skills increase aircraft maneuverability, airspeed, firepower and hit points. Attaining a 100% level of proficiency allows pilots to utilize the aircraft capabilities to its maximum.

Rear Gunner

Determines aircraft defensive abilities. A skilled rear gunner gives your aircraft a better chance to survive the battle. Attaining a 100% level of proficiency ensures the rear gun’s maximum accuracy specified in the aircraft specifications is used.

The default level of proficiency is 50%, but this can be increased by gaining experience in battles.

To train a crew member to a higher level:

  1. Right-click the required crew member in the Crew Panel to open the Personal File.
  2. Click the Proficiency tab.
  3. Select the level you want to train the crew member to.
  4. Click Train.



Achieving 100% level of proficiency unlocks crew skills.


Accelerating Crew Training

This training mode is available for Elite and Premium aircraft only.

If selected, all experience received on these aircraft is spent on crew training. The least experienced crew member will be trained twice as quickly as the rest of the crew.

To accelerate crew training:

  1. Select an Elite or Premium aircraft in the Aircraft panel.
  2. Select Accelerate crew training.

Disable accelerated crew training to resume accumulating experience.



Every member of the crew is competent to fly one specific aircraft. If you want to retrain a crew for another aircraft, bear in mind that retraining a crew member will reset proficiency level for the current aircraft.

A crew member can be retrained only for aircraft you have already researched and purchased.

To retrain a crew member:

  1. Right-click the required crew member in the Crew Panel to open the Personal File.
  2. Click the Proficiency tab.
  3. Select the aircraft you want to retrain the crew member for.
  4. Select a training level.
  5. Click Retrain.


Crew Skills

Along with the proficiency, a crew member can also have various skills that become available when 100% level of proficiency is achieved.

All skills improve gradually with each battle. Proficiency specific skills become available once a crew member is fully trained for a common skill.

Crew Skills
IconSkill Name
Common Skills (available after attaining 100% level of proficiency)
Improves the crew member’s health and resistance to injury.
Increased View Range
Extends the range at which enemy aircraft can be detected by the crew member.
Fire Fighting
Enhances fire fighting abilities, even without a fire extinguisher. Effective skill level is averaged across the entire crew.
Pilot Skills (available after mastering 1 common skill)
Engine Guru
Improves aircraft acceleration when flying straight or boosting.
Improves accuracy when launching rockets or dropping bombs.
Crack Shot
Improves the accuracy of machine guns and the autocannon.
Improves controllability and maneuverability of damaged aircraft.
Rear Gunner Skills (available after mastering 1 common skill)
Long Reach
Increases the range of rear gunner’s fire at enemy aircraft.
Increases experience per battle for all crew members.
Improves accuracy of the rear gunner’s fire at enemy aircraft.


Selecting a Skill

To select a skill:

  1. Right-click the required crew member in the Crew Panel to open the Personal File.
  2. Click the Skills tab.
  3. Select one of the skills available.
  4. Confirm your choice by clicking Train in the pop-up window.


The skill icon appears in the Skills field in the Personal File window.



The effect of the skill selected increases with every skill level.


Dropping a Skill

To train a crew member for another skill, you can drop the current one.

To drop a skill:

  1. Right-click the required crew member in the Crew Panel to open the Personal File.
  2. Click Drop.
  3. Select the desired restore level.
  4. Click Drop.
  5. The specified cost is charged from your balance.

To restore the skill, follow the steps for selecting a skill. The skill level is restored to the level you selected during the skill dropping.


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In-Game Friends

An important part of the World of Warplanes experience is the ability to battle with your friends against enemy forces. Playing with friends offers quite a few strategic advantages and considerably impacts the gameplay.

When playing together as one unit, called a Flight, you can let your inner strategic genius thrive by launching better coordinated attacks that provide a heavy volume of covering fire, and generally have more fun.


The Contacts window is your gateway to interacting with other World of Warplanes players. You can use the Contacts list to keep track of your in-game friends.

Adding a friend to Contacts

To find and add a friend to your contact list:

  1. Click Contacts.  
  2. In the search filed, type the initial letters, or the player's full name.

  3. Click the Find button .
  4. The search results are displayed in the field below.

  5. Click Add, or right-click the player’s name and select Add to Contacts.
  6. The selected player is added to your Contacts list.

To view a player’s details, right-click a player in the contacts list and select User details.


If you do not want to receive any messages or invites from a contact, you can always add the player to your Ignore list.

To add a player to your Ignore list:

  1. Click Contacts.
  2. Right-click a contact.
  3. Select Add Player to Ignore List.

The selected player is added to your Ignore List.

To view your Ignore list:

  1. Click Contacts > Contacts Settings.
  2. Select Show players on your Ignore list.

You can also add a player to the Ignore list when chatting, right-click a player and select Add Player to Ignore List.


Removing a friend from Contacts

To remove a friend from your Contacts list:

  1. Click Contacts.
  2. Right-click a contact.
  3. Select Remove from Contacts.

The player is removed from your contact list.


To remove a friend from your Ignore list:

  1. Click Contacts > Ignored.
  2. Right-click a contact.
  3. Select Remove from Ignore list.

The player is removed from your Ignore list.



You can team up with your friends in a Flight to form a unit of players that always enters matches together. Flights consist of up to three players.

Creating a Flight

In order to connect to a friend, the Flight Leader creates a Flight.

To create a Flight:

  1. Click Contacts.
  2. Right-click a contact.
  3. Select Invite to Flight.
  4. The Flight window and Flight chat appear beside the Contacts window.

  5. Click Invite Players.
  6. From your Contacts list, select players you want to invite.
  7. To send Flight invitations to all selected friends, click Invite.

You can also invite players to a Flight by clicking Assemble Flight.


To prepare your Flight for a battle:

  1. Wait until the invited player(s) accept your invitation and set their status to ready (marked green).
  2. In the Hangar to join a standard battle together with your friends in a Flight, click Battle!
  3. To dismiss your Flight click Dismiss Flight > OK.


Joining a Flight

You can join a Flight by receiving an invitation from a friend.

To join a Flight:

  1. After an invitation has been received, click Accept.
  2. The Flight chat appears on the screen.

  3. Set your status to Ready! Your current aircraft is locked for the battle.
  4. The battle starts after all the Flight members set their statuses to ready and the Flight Leader clicks Battle!

    To leave a Flight, click Leave Flight.


You have several means at your disposal to communicate with your friends.

Flight Chat

Once you have created or joined a Flight, the Flight chat window appears on the Hangar screen automatically. Use Flight chat to communicate with other Flight members. Invite friends to your Flight by clicking Invite Players.

Voice Chat

You can talk to your friends using a microphone or a headset if you have enabled the voice chat in the Settings menu (see Volume). Hold Z during battle to enable voice chat.

Group Channel

User channels serve as an alternative to the chat. Use them to interact with closed user groups.

To create a Channel:

  1. Click Channels > Create Channel.
  2. Enter the channel name.
  3. Click Create Group Channel > Invite Players.
  4. From your Contacts list, select players you want to invite.
  5. Click Invite.

To search and join a Channel:

  1. Click Channels.
  2. Type the initial letters or full name of the channel, into the search field.
  3. Click the Find button .
  4. The search results are displayed in the field below.

  5. Double-click a channel to join.

You can join the channel by accepting the invite from another player; click the name of the channel (marked purple) to join.

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