Capacity means how many soldiers can be carried (1 vehicle is equal to 3 soldiers). Speed is in kilometers per hour. Geoscape distances are the same as on the Earth. Range means how far between two POIs aka sites can aircraft travel. Durability is in Hit Points.
Tiamat has the highest capacity, durability and range (range can be increased further with Advanced Tiamat Development research) but lowest speed. Helios has the highest speed but smallest capacity.
Aircraft can be repaired in Vehicle Bay facility. Manufacturing Aircraft can be fastened up by building more Fabrication plants. You can also steal aircraft from Factions. Why should you steal Helios. Steal aircraft mission type explained here.
Festering Skies DLC
Festering Skies DLC adds air combat and one more aircraft - Masked Manticore. It also adds weapons and modules that can be equipped on any of your aircraft. Each aircraft can have two weapons and one module.
Masked Manticore is simillar to Manticore with 2 exceptions: It has capacity 8 (Manticore has capacity 6) and it costs 500 Mutagens.
|Masked Manticore||Phoenix Air Vehicle||8||500||2500||750||68||1215||500||10 days 13 hours|
Each aircraft can be equipped with two weapons.
Each aircraft can be equipped with one module
There are 3 types of Pandoran flyers. They always carry the same ammount of weapons, has same number of Hit Points and award same number of Behemoth disruption points for destroying them. They can have different weapons.
|Geoscape picture||Name||Icon||Hit Points||Number of weapons||Disruption points awarded|
Pandoran Aircraft Weapons
Pandorans do not use modules but only weapons. There are 6 Pandoran Aircraft Weapons and three of them use visual guidance. Visually targeted weapons can be countered by Afterburner module.