"This alternative fighter flies slower and has heavier armor to aid in escorting bombers as they make their final approach on the enemy"
The Escort Fighter is a stronger variant of the regular fighter. It excels at taking punishment from enemy defenses and continuing to fly. This ability makes it an ideal companion for a raiding party of Fighters or a slow moving Bomber squadron. Distract the air defenses with this unit and allow your damage dealing units the time to do some real damage!
- The Escort Fighter resembles a P-38J "Lightning" heavy Fighter, which severed various roles in the Pacific War in WWII.
- Interestingly, although it is branded as an "Escort Fighter" in Battle Islands, real-life P-38s were not suitable for escort duty, which required agility for engaging enemy fighters in dogfights. P-38s served better as an interceptor and fighter-bomber, which required firepower and armor more than agility.
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