Beaufighter Mk VIc

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This article is about the Rank II British heavy fighter. For other uses, see Beaufighter (Disambiguation)

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General info

The Beaufighter Mk VIc in the garage.

The Beaufighter Mk VIc is a Rank II British heavy fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB) and 3.3 (SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

One of the best early-tiered heavy fighters. When the engines and survivability is fully upgraded, it is truly a bomber killer to behold. Capable of bringing down any Rank 1, 2 or 3 plane with ease. Unfortunately, there are several drawbacks to the amazing power of the 4 Hispano 20mm cannons. You will normally spawn quite high, so use that to your advantage when attacking enemy planes. The recommended speed of this plane is only around 320 mph. Any higher results in severe and poor handling, making the heavy armament useless if your quarry turns. Therefore, the Beaufighter is not suited for BnZ, but better for head-on and tail-end combat. If you are caught by any single-engine fighter, try to dive and climb. If that does not work, resort to the turret or turning. The high fire rate of the turret makes it especially effective for pilot shots, if you are accurate enough.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 4x 20mm cannons can take down any plane in no time (when aimed properly).
  • Good turn time for a heavy fighter.
  • Can take a few hits.
  • Has a defensive turret.

Cons:

  • Poor acceleration and top speed in level flight.
  • Not the best turning and climbing abilities.
  • Can't carry bombs, only torpedoes.
  • Only has cannons, so the reload time for all the main guns is 40 seconds.
  • Cannons also jam quickly unless upgraded.
  • Cannons are highly inaccurate unless upgraded.

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

Defensive armaments

  • 1 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 rpg)

Payloads

  • Without load
  • 1 x 18 inch Mark XII torpedo

Armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 25 mm Steel plate in the nose.
  • 25 mm Steel plate in the fuselage.
  • 1 mm Steel plate behind the engines.

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Bristol Hercules VI 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 533 kg
Name: Bristol Hercules VI 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 533 kg
Name: Bristol Hercules VI 14-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: ____ hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 533 kg

Stat card

Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 5,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,100 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 371 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 5,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,100 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 371 m
Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 5,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,100 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 371 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 5,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,100 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 371 m
Stock
  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 5,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,100 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 371 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 5,000 m
  • Max altitude: 8,100 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 371 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)




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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
0
0.62
1.24
1.86
2.48
3.1
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP

Supercharger Stage #2: 100%

Supercharger Stage #2: WEP



Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

As Britain geared up for war in the late 1930s, it became apparent that the RAF lacked modern fighters, particularly any long range aircraft or night fighters. Bristol had already began work on the Beaufort, itself developed from their earlier Blenheim design, and decided that to develop a long range fighter in as short a time period as possible, it would be quicker to develop an existing design than start a new one. The wings and tail were taken from the Beaufort and, with a new fuselage and two Bristol Hercules engines, the Beaufighter was born.

For use in the maritime theatre, some modifications were designed to patrol coastal areas and escort vessels. The designations of these variants ended with the letter C to indicate that they were used by the Coastal Command. The first modification for Coastal Command appeared in 1940 and had the designation Beaufighter Mk IC; this design included the addition of a maritime radio and navigation equipment. The next model designed for Coastal Command operations was the Mk VIC. After the various interim models had been powered mainly by the Rolls Royce Merlin, the Mk VI returned to the original Bristol Hercules engines. This powerful engine allowed the options of replacing the wing mounted guns with extra fuel tanks for longer range and the addition of bombs or rockets. By the end of 1942, most of the Beaufighter Mk.VICs had been modified to carry torpedoes, and in April 1943 they made their first torpedo attack, sinking two merchant ships off of the Norwegian coast.

A total of 5,928 Beaufighters were built.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the Beaufighter series from live.warthunder

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-gbr.png Beaufighter Mk VIc
Nation Britain
Type Heavy fighter
Fighting style Tremendous Firepower
Boom and Zooom
Close Air Support
Ground Attack

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~7113 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~8909 kg
Takeoff Weight ~10884 kg
Wing Area ~42 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1345 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~535.68 kph at 5000 m
Climb Rate ~10.50 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~273.60 kph
Turn Time ~23.65 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~170.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~15681 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~19641 lb
Takeoff Weight ~23995 lb
Wing Area ~451 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 2
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1345 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~332.86 mph at 16404 m
Climb Rate 34.45 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~170.01 mph
Turn Time 23.65 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~34.82 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
4 x Hispano Mk.I 240 RPG
1 x Browning 1000 RPG
Payload Option 1
Without load Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
1 x 18 1548 lbs Mk.XII torpedo
Limits
Max Speed limit 645 kph
Gear lmit 300 kph
Combat Flaps 440 kph
Max static +G's ~6
Max static -G's ~4
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <330 kph
Rudder <390 kph
Elevators <410 kph
Radiator >200 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 401 mph
Gear lmit 186 mph
Combat Flaps 273 mph
Max static +G's ~6
Max static -G's ~4
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <205 mph
Rudder <242 mph
Elevators <255 mph
Radiator >124 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is controllable
no automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
440 m
1444 ft
100% Enginepower 2800 hp
WEP Enginepower 3024 hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
3400 m
11155 ft
100% Enginepower 2600 hp
WEP Enginepower 2808 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)