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Fink is a cheap and fast-moving air scout, that is not armed with any weapons, but a huge line of sight. It is used to gain intelligence on what your enemy is planning, and where he keeps his most important units. Information is the most valuable asset on the battlefield, knowing your opponent's plans you can prepare your counter strikes early, making his moves inefficient. In late-game a constant stream of scouts helps your artillery units, improving their aim. They can also be used as a cheap distraction swarm that takes the fire from anti-air during bombing runs.
Bladewings are little drones armed with EMP lasers. They can paralyze opponents units, but they can't deal any damage. They serve as a great support for your attacks and can turn the tide of war easily. However, they have very little armor and quickly vanish if faced with even basic anti-air. Always try to hide them from enemy's radars - surprise is their strength. Useful as a defense of last resort too.
The Valkyrie is an airborne transportation unit. It can pick up all T1 land based units and T2, with exception of heavy ones, like Fatboy or Goliath. Use it for unexpected unit drops bypassing your enemy's defense line, but don't forget to scout first for any anti air units. Drop your commander into their bases to D-gun all structures and humiliate your opponents. Can be used for transporting nano towers too, which enables you to move your build power where you currently need it.
A Construction Aircraft is able to build basic T1 structures like the ones made by the Commander. Moreover it can build some more advanced land and air defense towers, advanced solar generators and most importantly the T2 Aircraft Plant. Due to their speed, the highest amongst constructors, it may be used for quick expansions and reclaiming in areas far from your base. It can also access the whole map, as it doesn't care about any natural obstacles. It has a very low HP, so keep away from enemy's anti air units. Due to little build power you may want to use multiple air cons at once.
Each Construction Aircraft increases the player's energy and metal storage capacity by 25.
The Shadow is a bomber, designed for destroying buildings. Its DPS is higher than that of ARM T1 bomber. It drops bombs over the target and makes a flyby to reload ammunition. It can strike every 9 seconds. Always scout first and combine with fighters to eliminate enemy's airwall before bombing. Press A for attack and drag your RMB to execute a carpet bombing, or use area attack command to strike targets within a circle.
Vamp is a fast moving fighter jet designed for eliminating air units. It is the most effective form of T2 air defense that can access all parts of the map to get rid of any air threats. Always put your fighters on patrol in front of your base, so they attack any aircraft moving in the vicinity. Send fighters with your bombing runs to disable opponent's fighterwall before your bombers come to deliver the final blow.
Its stealthy attribute makes it invisible to radars.
Due to that fact your enemy never knows how many you have without scouting. Faster but a little more fragile than its ARM counterpart.
Vulture is a radar and sonar plane that can locate land and underwater units. It has decent radar range and speed so it's the best unit you can use for scouting. Put a few in your fighterwall to have a permanent overview of the front, even when you lose the radars on land. Always send 1 or 2 with your bombing runs to locate targets for your strikeforce. When hunting for a commander, the radar plane can locate it even if it’s cloaked. Its sonar ability can also be used to detect submarines and amphibs.
Hurricane is a heavy and slow bomber that can deal great amounts of damage flying over units and structures. It is mostly designed to destroy buildings, but used well it can also deal high damage to mobile units - try to intercept their movements. It deals much higher damage than its T1 form (Shadow). As little as 3 Hurricanes can destroy a fusion powerplant on one flyby (4-5 for an adv. fusion). They can drop another round of bombs every 7 seconds. It is more expensive but also stronger than its ARM counterpart - Phoenix.
Advanced Construction Aircraft
Advanced Construction Aircraft is a unit that opens you the window to most of the T2 economy and defensive structures. In most situations when you get one, start from updating your metal extractors, geothermal powerplants and then make fusion reactors and advanced metal makers. It has a higher buildpower than its T1 version and boosts your metal and energy storage by 50. As an air constructor it has the advantage of being able to quickly access all spots on the map. Use it in packs for faster expansion in remote areas. It has a lower buildpower than land constructors.
Rapier is a heavy sabot rocket gunship. It has very good armor, able to withstand most of T1 anti-air defenses. Their most common use is for defending your base or protecting your teammates within your air territory. They are not effective as striking units, due to their low speed. For this purpose - use bombers, or Blades. It is less armoured but has a better weapon than its ARM counterpart (Brawler).
Seahook is an armored transportation aircraft. It can take on board even the heavier T2 units and easily withstand light anti air defenses. Use it to deploy your forces right on the front, reducing your tactical reaction speed. It can load 4 small units (footprint 2x2) or a single big one. Slower but way more armored than its ARM counterpart (Dragonfly).
Angler is a torpedo bomber. It has no weapon to fight against land units. However it is able to deal massive damage to any ship/submarine/amphibious unit. Torpedoes need a long open path to drop and accelerate in water. Therefore don’t try to drop them flying from the side of the shore line as they will just get stuck in sand.
Torpedo Bombers are able to attack underwater units without support since they are equipped with sonar and increased sight range.
Dragon a.k.a. The flying fortress it the heaviest and most dreadful of all aircrafts.
It can withstand incredible amounts of damage, making it virtually impossible to destroy without fighters or heavy AA like Screamers. It flies slowly, but leaves not a single living thing behind. With three independent heavy laser turrets it can obliterate whole armies of light units and deal significant damage even to T3 Mechs. Considered an endgame unit due to its super high cost.
Most often used for defending from ground units. In special cases, when your opponent has tons of ground AA, and you can’t get through with your bombers, Dragons make a good choice for a striking unit.