Bf 109 F-4

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This page is about the American premium Bf 109 F-4, if you are looking for the German versions, see the Bf 109 F-4 or the Bf 109 F-4/trop.


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General info

An American-captured Bf 109 F-4 in the garage.

The Bf 109 F-4 is a premium Rank III American fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/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

Vehicle characteristics

The BF-109 F-4 represents the pinnacle of the Friedrich line of Messerschmidt. With a powerful engine and decent armament, the F-4 is an extremely powerful fighter in any hands. It is mainly a dogfighter, with a well rounded mix of good climb rate, speed, maneuverability, and weaponry.

As the Bf 109 F-4 USA Premium comes with all upgrades, it is an extremely effective aircraft at purchase. Its main strengths lie in its astounding low-speed/mid-altitude climb rate. Use this to your advantage in a dogfight. Your opponents will be caught off guard when you rocket away at 25 m/s with your WEP. Compared to other aircraft of the 4.3 BR, the F-4 is more than able to take on most enemy aircraft.

Unfortunately, for a premium plane, the F-4 isn't quite so stellar. It is relatively under-gunned, with only one 20mm cannon and two MGs. Pilots must be precise- as the single MG-151 will jam under intensive fire, even though the mods are all equipped.

Tactics

The F-4 is also only average in its energy retention capabilities. It's redeeming feature for Boom and Zoom is its climb rate. It does have a relatively good turn rate, but is also hampered by its lack of good energy retention. Stay in middle altitudes and dive and engage slower fighters. Avoid tangling with extremely manoeuverable fighters such as the Yaks.

The F-4 performs poorly at high altitude. Do not try to chase planes above 4000-5000 km. In a dive, the F-4's wings will tear relatively quickly. Avoid diving at speeds above 800 km/h.

One could consider the F-4 a jack-of-all trades, master of none. It has an average-to-good turn rate, decent weaponry, astounding climb rate, and poor energy retention.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • It's a Bf 109 (very good rate of climb, very good dive speed).
  • It is a Premium aircraft, all modifications are equipped. It can perform better than some other Bf 109s on the battlefield.
  • MG 151 that can fire HE shells.
  • Decent turn rate.

Cons:

  • No gunpods as the R6 modification is only available for Germans.
  • No bombs.
  • Poor energy retention.
  • Wings tear easily.
  • Average for a premium aircraft- nothing unique.

Specifications

Armaments

  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, nose-mounted (200 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Armour

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Daimler-Benz DB-601E 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1065 hp (Stock), 1305 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1212 hp (Stock), 1452 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg
Name: Daimler-Benz DB-601E 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1053 hp (Stock), 1170 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1200 hp (Stock), 1318 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg
Name: Daimler-Benz DB-601E 12-cylinder inline
  • Cooling type: Water
  • Max power: 1053 hp (Stock), 1170 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1200 hp (Stock), 1318 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 610 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 635 km/h
    • at height: 6,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,600 m
  • Turn Time: 20.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 14.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 363 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 695 km/h
    • at height: 6,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,600 m
  • Turn Time: 18.2 s
  • Rate of Climb: 28.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 363 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 623 km/h
    • at height: 6,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,600 m
  • Turn Time: 20.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 16.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 363 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 665 km/h
    • at height: 6,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,600 m
  • Turn Time: 19.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 20.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 363 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 623 km/h
    • at height: 6,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,600 m
  • Turn Time: 20.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 16.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 363 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 665 km/h
    • at height: 6,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,600 m
  • Turn Time: 19.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 20.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 363 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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Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP



Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Ingame description

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Icon-country-usa.png Bf 109 F-4
Nation USA
Design Family Messerschmidt Bf 109
Type Fighter
Interceptor
Fighting style Energy Fighting

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~2457 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~2753 kg
Takeoff Weight ~3000 kg
Wing Area ~16 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1170 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~665.00 kph at 6000 m
Climb Rate ~20.00 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~258.30 kph
Turn Time ~21.57 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~152.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~5417 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~6069 lb
Takeoff Weight ~6614 lb
Wing Area ~174 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1170 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~413.21 mph at 19685 m
Climb Rate 65.62 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~160.50 mph
Turn Time 21.57 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~31.13 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
1 x MG 151/20 200 rpg
2 x MG 17 500 rpg
Limits
Max Speed limit 790 kph
Gear lmit 450 kph
Max static +G's ~17
Max static -G's ~10
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <390 kph
Rudder <390 kph
Elevators <450 kph
Radiator >250 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 491 mph
Gear lmit 280 mph
Max static +G's ~17
Max static -G's ~10
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <242 mph
Rudder <242 mph
Elevators <280 mph
Radiator >155 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is not controllable
Pitch is controllable
has automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is not controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
4950 m
16240 ft
100% Enginepower 1185 hp
WEP Enginepower 1333 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)