What are transport planes good for in Hearts of Iron 4?

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    I vote to reopen. This question is clear enough and can be answered in one or two sentences. – Dulkan Jun 14 '16 at 6:40
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    @Dulkan I totally agree. While the question is very short and may appear as unclear what you're asking to someone who doesn't read, the question is completely valid and should be reopened for answering. – Y U NO WORK Jun 14 '16 at 9:39
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    @Frank The question carries the Hearts of Iron 4 tag and the game is mentioned in the title and text. Anybody, who played Hearts of Iron 4 will understand his question. Sure, he can elaborate to make the question clearer to somebody who does not play this particular game, but what's the point besides avoiding getting the question closed by those very same people? It's certainly an understandable question. I'd rather wonder, why people feel, they have the right to close questions as unclear, when they themselves have no idea about the game. – Dulkan Jun 15 '16 at 17:23
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    @Frank And what exactly would you choose to say to "help" users? He simply asked what transport planes are used for in HoI 4, there is little more to say, but adding superfluous information like "I noticed I can build transport planes, but what can I use them for?". Let's say, you wondered what the War Cry skill in Diablo 3 does. How would you formulate that question? – Dulkan Jun 16 '16 at 7:13
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    @Frank I am not new to stackexchange, my question makes sense to people familiar with the game, the rest should not care. – BanditoBunny Jun 23 '16 at 9:33

Transport Planes are used to stage paradrops with Paratrooper divisions.

They work similar to naval invasions, just their range is limited, you need air superiority to execute them, they are much faster and instead of convoys, you need enough transport planes in the local air base to bring all your paratroopers to the target location. However, immediately after a drop Paratroopers have minimal organisation, so dropping them directly into combat is almost always fatal unless they completely overwhlem the enemy. So, drop them behind enemy lines for the best effect.


In addition to Dulkan's answer,

With the Waking The Tiger DLC you can use them to do the Air Supply mission to supply land troops with transport planes. I believe you do require Air Superiority for this to work.

  • As a tip, Strategic and Tactical Bombers in combination with Transport Planes can allow you to bomb enemy infrastructure cutting them off from supply while using Air Supply to keep your troops supplied. I've done this a few times with moderate success, takes a moderate amount of production investment though. – Shelby115 Jun 20 at 15:56

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