Heroes & Generals is a free-to-play MMOFPS where Germany, United States and Soviet Union fight for victory in one grand online war. You fight and make friends as a team, and no matter if you play as Infantry, Tank crew, Fighter pilot, Paratrooper, Recon, or General you make a difference in the war.
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Release Date: Oct 18, 2016

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December 8

New German recon plane ‘Henschel HS 126 B-1’

This cheap and light aircraft is an effective German reconnaissance aircraft. Do not be fooled by the low speed of this plane. An experienced 2-man crew manning the forward and rear facing machine guns can pose a real threat.

The recon plane is great fun to fly and fight with, the rear gunner providing a lot of protection against enemy planes, and the pilot can often turn the plane so the rear gunner is able to harass and destroy both enemy infantry and light vehicles with his machine gun. Just as with other vehicles, the pilot is also rewarded for kills made by his gunner

Last Friday we had well-known in game pilot iAmTheFlyingCow visit us here at Reto-Moto HQ and he took the plane for a quick flight, take a look below, or catch the entire Devstream on Youtube here.


How do I get one?
When you recruit a new pilot he will have the recon plane as his first plane. The plane has its own Specialist Ribbon that (for now) unlocks ammunition upgrades so you can get either light armor piercing rounds or HE rounds. This ammunition upgrade is only for the main gun, so having a rear gunner onboard cannot cost you anything

The Fighter planes (bf109 for the German faction, Yak-9 for the Soviet and the P-38 Ligtning for the Americans) unlock with the Dog Fight Ribbon grade 5.

What is the strategic use?
Like all the recon planes, the Henschel Hs126 B-1 is a reconnaisance (recon) plane fielded by the “Fighter Recon” assault teams. Recon teams are slower than Fighter Squadrons, but also cheaper to buy and use. Once a Fighter Recon assault team has earned enough experience the can be upgraded to a Fighter Squadron should the player owning the Assault Team choose to do so. 

Historical Facts
The Hs 126 was used as a reconnaissance and observation aircraft in both the Spanish Civil War and WW2. An interesting note is that in September 1943 Henschel 126s were used to tow 10 DFS 230 attack gliders from Pratica Di Mare airfield near Rome to the Gran Sasso in the raid that rescued the imprisoned Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. 

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December 7

You have the Flight Controls, Sir!

In the upcoming “Ihlefeld – Warbirds and Tail gunners” update we’re adding a new updated flight model for ALL planes as well as a series of enhancements to the plane controls.

In the Twitch Devstream (subscribe to make sure you don’t miss it!) we showed how the improved flight model and new controls work, take a look at this highlight from the devstream below, or find the whole episode on Youtube here.


More pilot gameplay will be added in due time – This is only take off!

New planes you Say?
A new class of planes called reconnaissance planes (recon planes) will appear as “Fighter Recon” in the Ihlefeld update. All three of these new planes are two-seaters, with each having a rear-facing (tail) gunner sitting behind the pilot. So now you can bring your buddy to the skies.

I recon that’s three new planes, sir!

Be part of the journey now that we start to up the plane-game.

In the coming days we will go into more detail with the three new planes with news articles about each one!

Tail gunner
The tail gunners seat mechanic allows a fellow pilot to deploy into your plane as the tail gunner and help you both fight off enemy planes, but also harass and destroy enemies on the ground. You can choose to deploy as a tail gunner while waiting to deploy as a pilot, and when your own plane is ready you can un-deploy from the tail gunner seat and deploy your own plane. If your pilot gets shot or the plane takes too much damage you can un-deploy as well. Default key for both deploying and un-deploying is to hold the ‘E’ key down.

Updated Controls
The planes’ control scheme has been updated a bit. If you just deploy a plane and start flying these are your default controls.

Standard Controls
Throttle Full - ‘W’
Throttle Brake - ‘S’
Pitch - Mouse up/down
Roll - Mouse left/right
Yaw - ‘A’ & ‘D’
The controls has 3 different modifiers that makes the controls behave in different ways for specific uses, but you can get by without them in the beginning, but we recommend getting used to Orbit Cam as fast as you can.

Orbit cam - hold ‘LSHIFT’
Alt Controls - hold ‘LCTRL’
Level flight - hold ‘ALT’
Orbit Cam allows you to look around your plane and see what is happening elsewhere, just like the third-person view in vehicles on the ground.

Alt Controls and Level flight are detailed below.

Alt Controls
(Also triggered in orbit cam, except for mouse input)
Throttle in steps * - ‘Mouse 4’ & ‘Mouse 5’
Pitch - ‘W’ & ‘S’ & Mouse up/down *
Roll - ‘A’ & ‘D’
Yaw - Mouse left/right *
* Except Orbit Cam
Level Controls
(plane auto levels)
Pitch - Mouse Y
Yaw - Mouse X

Flight Model
The new plane physics model changes handling and makes plane behave more as you would expect them to. This makes handling feel a lot more natural and the recon planes feels like recon planes and neither flying bicycles nor top of the line fighters.

What about the existing planes?
The fighter planes already in the game are also updated to use both the new controls and the new flight model. In short, they fly quite a lot faster (nearly twice as fast as before).

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About This Game

Heroes & Generals is the ultimate WW2 game – a free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter set in WW2, where Germany, the United States and the Soviet Union fight for victory in one grand persistent online war fought by players across the world.

No matter if you play as Infantry, Tank crew, Fighter pilot, Paratrooper, Recon, or as a General taking strategic decisions – everything you do makes a difference in the war.

There is a great variety of authentic weapons and vehicles accessible in the game such as the effective US M1A1 Thompson submachine gun, the legendary German Panzer V Ausf G. ‘Panther’ tank, the excellent Soviet Yak-9B fighter plane, and even a bicycle! The arsenal is constantly growing as updates for the game are released regularly.

In Heroes & Generals your team always has your back. Every single player makes a difference, but you win, lose and make friends as a team. With a growing and welcoming community and a focus on teamplay, Heroes & Generals wants to bring players together and have them make friends from all around the globe.

Make a Difference – Fight for Friends!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: 2GHz CPU w. SSE3 instruction set- dual-core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 4810/NVIDIA 9600 GT or above (with >512mb RAM)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
    • OS: Windows 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: Intel i5 processor or higher / AMD Phenom II X6 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 series or higher / AMD HD 6870 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible
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