News Wants You In Flight School


Attack, light fighter or heavy fighter? Decision, decisions.

World of Warplanes, which recently launched its open beta, wants a few good pilots, and if you think you might be one, better have a look at this training video. There’s more to being a pilot than growing an Errol Flynn mustache; you’ll need to cooperate with your teammates as well as master the abilities of your aircraft. Or you could just bluster your way through in a light fighter and hope for the best. That might work out, but better write your will before you try it.

World of Warplanes has all kinds of classic air combat goodness to show off. It ranges from 1930’s biplane combat – ¡no pasarán! – straight through to Korean War high speed action. Up to 30 players can get stuck in, for those who enjoy massive and messy dogfights. The beta’s been doing well, if you like death by the thousands; more planes have been shot down since launch, according to, than the annual total of doughnuts eaten by policemen world wide. That’s a lot of doughnuts; are they including Chief Wiggum in the sample? I’m thinking no.

“The game has grown and evolved tremendously since we first announced it,” said CEO Victor Kislyi when the beta launched last month, “and I’m confident virtual pilots are going to be extremely excited when they get behind the cockpits of the game’s truly amazing warbirds.” Hopefully not too exited to check their six and pay attention to their group tactics, else it’ll be a short – glorious, mind you – career for them. Want to know more? Glance at this handy FAQ, with system requirements and everything.


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