War Thunder has just released update 1.31, and amongst the myriad changes there’s one you might like to pay particular attention to:
Added New Premium Level 1 aircraft:
USA – Thach’s F2A-1 Buffalo;
Germany – Marcolin’s CR.42CN ;
USSR – Zhukovsky’s I-153-M62 ;
Britain – Tuck’s Gladiator Mk.II;
Japan – Hagiri’s A5M4 .
After your first battle against other players (in case you receive any XP) – You will receive one of these aircraft for the nation you chose. (One free aircraft only)
Choose your first battle carefully!
The new aircraft have, I believe, the same stats as their regular counterparts, but new paint schemes reflecting their historical pilots. The I-153 is generally regarded as the best Rank 1 aircraft, so you may want to play as the USSR in your first battle after the patch, or just pick your favoured country; you can always buy any of the others for 250 Gold Eagles (about £1).