Trivia: War Thunder

  • Fan Nickname: Several exist.
    • The Beaufighter series of heavy fighters certainly earn the name of "Broken Fighter" since the four 20mm cannons on the aircraft will certainly make anyone regret taking it on in a head on pass. On top of that, the rear gunner is certainly capable of keeping enemy fighters off its back.
      • In China, they are "Baitfighters".
    • Two of the Bf 110's historical nicknames are "Meat on the Table" and "Goering's Folly".
    • The B-17 has one that's both well deserved, and historic... "Flying Fortress"
      • FYI to the lone wolfs out there... do not... repeat... DO NOT take on a B-17 by yourself... you will have no less then 3-4 machine guns shooting at you no matter where you approach it from. On top of that, it's got a reputation for being tough to take down due to its endurance. So, without rockets, a cannon, or Improbable Aiming Skills, don't attack it by yourself.
      • Or just use the Trollcannon-equipped ME-410 U4. It was purpose built to ruin B-17s, and once it's at altitude it does the job well.
      • B6/R3 is a far more effective bomber remover than U4. For that matter nearly all fighters with 37mm cannons or with German 30mms can destroy a B-17 in a short burst. Me.410B6/R3 is notable because not only its twin 30mm MK 103 cannons easily chew through any plane in their sights, while not being as hard to aim as the 50mm cannon on U4, it also has a tanky damage model and rarely catches fire, so you don't need to fear eating a few Browning hits on your approach.
    • Derp Cannon - Practically any BFG that can be seen in-game.
    • The P-39 and P-63 series of Aira/Kingcobras are often just shortened to "Cobra", and their bite has earned them a fearsome reputation. Although it's not very accurate, one hit from its 37mm cannon will wreck your plane, or leave it crippled and an easy kill for someone else.
    • The F4U Corsair, during patch 1.29 was completely broken, having engine power and propeller stats many times what it should be; allowing it to easily dive at nearly 1000 Km/h; earning it nicknames such as "F4UFO", or "tooFast4U".
    • The Nakajima G8N1 Renzan top-tier Japanese heavy bomber is known as the "Death Star", thanks to its good bombload, ridiculous toughness, and its defensive armament of six 20mm cannons and four 13.2 mm machine guns.
      • The B-17 has sometimes been called as this.
    • The Soviet Po-2 is nicknamed 2-OP.
    • Battleship-17, Beton-17 - The series of B-17 bombers owes these nicknames to their massively rugged damage models in most patches. In Patch 1.43, bomber damage models and gunner accuracy were nerfed, causing them to be Armored Coffins. This may change with the arrival of patch 1.45 though.
    • Bussian Rias - No need to explain.
    • Cannoncat - The F8F-1B Bearcat, which is armed with four 20mm AN/M3 cannons. Also called Beercan and Spacecat.
    • Cranberry - The English Electric Canberra and its transatlantic variant, the Martin B-57 Canberra.
    • The Hs 129-B3 ground-attack aircraft, which has the 75mm Bordkanone, is called "Duck" and "Panzerquacker" due to the color and shape of its nose.
    • Feeling himself on its BR - A developer actually said this in reference justify the high battle rating of the Me-262 jet fighter, which allowed the plane to face Korean War-era jets like the F-86 Sabre.
    • Fiddles - Machine guns. 0.50 Browning machine guns, however, are often referred to as Freedom Lasers thanks to both some of their tracer rounds looking like a laser lightshow and their good damage.
    • Fridge Launcher - The Yak-9T, which destroys tanks in tank battles.
    • Gunshipping - This is what bomber pilots do when they dive down to low altitudes and use their defensive armament to their advantage.
    • Helicopter - The Kawasaki Ki-10 reserve plane, which can climb vertically without stalling. Demonstrated in this video.
      • The plane will now descend if it reaches 1 km/h.
    • Hisparkle - The 20 mm Hispano cannons used by British planes. This nickname was coined due to the fact that the cannons "sparkle" (not registering damage despite hits) a lot.
    • Hitlerbolt - The German P-47. The Russian one is called Stalinbolt.
    • The KV-2, with its ginormous 152-mm howitzer that can deliver one-hit kills and for being a really huge tank, has earned the nickname of "King of Derp."
    • LaLa - The La-5 and La-7, which had unusually good flight models.
      • The Tupolev Tu-2 bombers are called TuTus.
    • Land Battleship - refers to the Soviet T-35 heavy tank, which has five turrets.
    • Mothership - TB-3, which in real life was actually used for the Zveno project, a parasite fighter concept by the Soviet Union during the 1930s.
    • Noobfire - Spitfire fighter, most models of which are (in)famous for having no obvious weak points in the game. The Spitfire Mk IX (especially the premium one in the US tree) is nicknamed Spacefire.
    • OP-190 - A nickname used by people who accuse the Fw-190 (especially the A4) to be overpowered due to its extremely heavy firepower and its low battle ratting.
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly - The PBJ-1H attacker of the US Navy, a B-25 with a 75mm cannon.
    • Pedobears/Kindergarten Stabbers - A very common name for experienced players who deliberately play at low tiers to hunt newbies with their high player and in-game crew experience.
    • Bombers during 1.43 were called pinatas due to being ludicrously easy to kill.
    • Rapeboat - H6K floatplane bomber, boasting massive armament and durability for its tier. Also, Banana (thanks to its shape).
    • Due to the speed of the P-51D Mustang, it has been called "Runstang."
    • Sealclubbing, often shortened to just "clubbing" - Winning effortlessly, either because your opponents are inept or, more likely, because you fly/drive whatever is the most powerful and overwhelming in the current patch.
    • During Patch 1.41, bombers were incredibly tough and gunners were really accurate, which led to abuse by many players. To combat this, the Sky Police was formed. In Simulator Battles, these guys will kill any bomber pilot they see in the match, friendly or not.
    • Bomber pilots are derisively called "spacebar warriors" due to the fact that they only need to press spacebar to drop bombs.
    • The PBY-5 Catalina has been nicknamed "Skywhale," thanks to its shape.
    • Spaghetti shooter - Italian fighters armed with .50-cal Breda SAFAT machine guns that can barely hit anything.
    • Stalinwood - The general nickname for Russian planes (historically many had wooden construction), often with implication of massive durability.
    • Stock Syndrome - A term for planes that are very weak when flown without upgrades (stock).
    • Sushi - A pun on the name of the Mitsubishi J 8 M/Ki-200 Shusui, which is derived from the Me-163 Komet.
    • Tiffy - The Hawker Typhoon.
    • UFO - Any plane accused of having unrealistically good flight model.