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2 October 2014

First Flight of Dewoitine D.520



From 14.00 GMT on October 2nd to 23.59 GMT on October 5th

25% Discount on "Dewoitine D.520 Starter Pack"

From 12.00 GMT on October 3rd to 8.00 GMT on October 6th

Complete the special missions to earn Silver Lions and the unique D.521!

Missions:

Reward:

Destroy 60/20/10 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB: Lottery: 20.000 or D.521
Destroy 120/40/20 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB: Lottery: 50.000 or D.521
Destroy 240/60/40 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB: Lottery: 100.000 or D.521
Destroy 360/120/60 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB: D.521


Assist in destroying  120/40/20 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB: Lottery: 20.000 or D.521
Assist in destroying 240/60/40 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB: Lottery: 50.000 or D.521
Assist  in destroying 300/100/50 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB: Lottery: 100.000 or D.521
Assist in destroying 420/140/70 enemy planes in AB/RB/SB: D.521

Counted are enemy plyer-controlled aircraft that are destroyed in aerial combat by players flying Rank II to V aircraft. The more advanced the task, the higher the chance to unlock the unique D.521 through the lotterty, that is decided directly after unlocking the corresponding achievement. By completing all of the missions in one set the player is guaranteed to get the D.521!


As early as 1936, the French Air Ministry issued a specification for a new fighter for the Armée de l'Air requiring a much more modern, faster and effective fighter for the years to come. Émile Dewoitine’s company responded with his second design after a rather disappointing D.513, which lost out to the Morane-Saulnier M.S.406. Making matters worse for Dewoitine, after the impressive depute and first flights of the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire, the French Air Ministry increased the speed requirement from their original specification to 500 KPH (310 MPH).
 

The new design design from Dewoitine was designated D.520 and would originally feature the most powerful engine available to the French in the form of the Hispano-Suiza 12Y-21. Armament would consist of 7.5mm MAC 1934 Machine guns and one Hispano-Suiza HS.9 20mm cannon mounted centrally through the propellor hub. Eventually the engines were changed and improved Hispano-Suiza 12Y were adopted and trialed. The 20mm cannon were also changed to a drum fed Hispano-Suiza HS. 404 cannon.
 

Dewoitine D 520 prototype #3 seen
after capture by the Germans,
after crashing in March 1940

On the 2nd October 1938 the design first took to the skies with a fixed pitch two bladed propellor as a temporary arrangement. However the aircraft only achieved 480 KPH during the test flight and several critical improvements needed to be made overall. After several improvements being made and various prototypical trials in 1939, a contract was eventually placed for an initial order of 200 production machines in March followed by an additional order for 510 in July. Several other prototypes were also trialed such as the Rolls Royce Merlin III powered D.521 and Allison V-1710 C-1 powered D.522 amongst others, however none were adopted for production.
 

The outbreak of war greatly increased the order of Dewoitine’s new fighter to 1,280 followed by 120 for the Aéronavale. Again more improvements such as improved engine cowling, rear fuselage extensions and several aerodynamic improvements were introduced from the initial few production aircraft onwards. The first groups to receive the aircraft in January of 1940 found the aircraft very likable and it was favored by the pilots that flew it. in April trials at Orleans-Bricy with a captured German BF 109 E3 showed that the German design was 32 KPH faster than the Dewoitine design. However the French fighter held the edge in maneuverability and turning circle.
 

By the time of the German invasion of France, only 200 or so D.520s had been produced, however those that had seen combat had done so with good success. Against the Italian air force the D.520 had around 114 victories with about 39-40 probables. 85 D.520s were lost as a result. On the Armistice signing in June of 1940, 437 machines had been built. Several had been evacuated to Algeria and Britain by Free French resistance to avoid falling into German hands.
 

Production of the D.520 was allowed to continue under the Germans for the Vichy government on the agreement that Germany would receive around 2000 of their own. The very same aircraft that had been fighting against the Germans and Italians was now fighting for the Vichy French Air Force , Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica against the RAF. The most notable D.520 ace, Pierre Le Gloan was credited with shooting down 18 aircraft of both Italian, German and British origination because of these circumstances.
 

By the end of production between 700 - 900 machines were built total with precise information being obscured by the nature of struggles going on at the time. Despite its teething problems and rather rough start, the D.520 was an excellent fighter of the Second World War period and a fine match for its contemporary partners and combatants.
 

 
Scott “Smin1080p” Maynard


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