F2A-3 Buffalo

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General info

F2A-3 Buffalo in the garage.

The F2A-3 Buffalo is a Rank I American fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB) and 2.3 (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

The F2A-3 Buffalo gives pilots the first real taste of typical American fighters in War Thunder- a lumbering, well-armored beast of a fighter that is well armed and has decent performance capabilities. Indeed, the second Buffalo in War Thunder is a heavy aircraft for its rank, signifying that its turning ability is underwhelming against the sharp turners it meets, especially regarding its relatively low BR- it will face low-rank Zeroes as well as more nimble German Bf 109's.Due to its 4 machine guns the F2A-3 Buffalo is not very good in dogfight with British or German aircraft.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

The characteristics of the F2A-3 means that it's pilots shouldn't try to turn-fight their opponents and that they should also strictly maintain their energy. However, this weight and energy retention ability means that any Buffalo pilot that cares to climb high- 3000-4000m- will be able to combat opponents with relative ease. However, they should be wary of adept climbers (such as Bf 109s and the US's own P-47, at least in Arcade) as they are more than a match for the F2A's climb rate. In a dive, the Buffalo can rapidly catch up to virtually anything it faces, and, when it does, a battery of 4x.50 calibre machine guns will make short work of any target, save well-armored bombers such as the B-25 or Ju 88, which an F2A pilot will probably rarely meet.

Discipline is a vital trait needed to master this plane. If you are used to simply engaging with the first opponent you find and turn-fighting, the F2A is not for you, as is much of the US fighter line. The recommended tactic to use with the F2A is BnZ. At the beginning of the battle, it is vital to climb- not climbing reduces your energy capabilities drastically due to the low level flight speed of the F2A- climbing significantly exacerbates performance of the F2A due to its weight and diving capabilities. After attempting a diving engagement on an enemy, whether successful or not, one should always pull out of the engagement shortly after the first attacking pass, as not to waste speed and/or altitude (a.k.a. energy).

Four M2 Browning .50 MGs are plenty for a 2.7 BR plane- the heavy bullets rip through almost all fighters at this rank. Omni and Stealth rounds are the most effective belts- the Stealth being especially effective due to the M8 API bullets which allow F2A pilots to easily set your opponents afire. Against bombers, the capabilities of the M2s are greatly reduced- aiming for engines is the most effective way to combat a bomber. You should always use the boom and zoom tactic as it suties well for Japanese fighters at its rank. However, Japanese fighters will out turn you.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good dive rate
  • Good top dive speed
  • Great armament
  • Good energy retention
  • Tail hook for carrier landings

Cons:

  • Poor acceleration and climb
  • Vulnerable fuel tanks (very prone to explosions)
  • Below average turning rate
  • Poor level flight speed
  • Not the best armament.

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 800 total)

M2_Early

M2_Early

M2/early Browning USA

Pros

  • More powerful than the .30cals.
  • High rate of fire, though lower than the .30cals.
  • Accurate.

Cons

  • Weaker than cannons
  • Like the .30cals, default belts usually contain ball ammunition.



Payloads

  • 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Wright Cyclone R-1820-40 9-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 892 hp (Stock), 1143 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1071 hp (Stock), 1323 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 533 kg
Name: Wright Cyclone R-1820-40 9-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 881 hp (Stock), 1000 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1061 hp (Stock), 1180 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 533 kg
Name: Wright Cyclone R-1820-40 9-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 881 hp (Stock), 1000 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1061 hp (Stock), 1180 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 533 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 494 km/h
    • at height: 4,492 m
  • Max altitude: 10,424 m
  • Turn Time: 18.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 11.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 547 km/h
    • at height: 4,492 m
  • Max altitude: 10,424 m
  • Turn Time: 16.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 23.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 477 km/h
    • at height: 4,492 m
  • Max altitude: 10,424 m
  • Turn Time: 19.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 13.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 518 km/h
    • at height: 4,492 m
  • Max altitude: 10,424 m
  • Turn Time: 17.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 16.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 477 km/h
    • at height: 4,492 m
  • Max altitude: 10,424 m
  • Turn Time: 19.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 13.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 518 km/h
    • at height: 4,492 m
  • Max altitude: 10,424 m
  • Turn Time: 17.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 16.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 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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0.26
0.52
0.78
1.04
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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

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the F2A-3 from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png F2A-3 Buffalo
Nation USA
Type Naval fighter
Fighting style Boom & Zoom

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~2680 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~3110 kg
Takeoff Weight ~3904 kg
Wing Area ~19 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Power per Engine 1000 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~517.97 kph at 4492 m
Climb Rate ~16.42 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~237.60 kph
Turn Time ~24.59 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~138.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~5908 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~6856 lb
Takeoff Weight ~8607 lb
Wing Area ~209 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Power per Engine 1000 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~321.85 mph at 14736 m
Climb Rate 53.89 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~147.64 mph
Turn Time 24.59 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~28.26 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
2 x M2/early Browning 250 RPG
2 x M2/early Browning 400 RPG
Payload Option 1
Nothing Loaded Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
2 x 💣 100 lbs AN-M30 Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 761 kph
Gear lmit 720 kph
Combat Flaps 460 kph
Max static +G's ~18
Max static -G's ~7
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <465 kph
Rudder <400 kph
Elevators <500 kph
Radiator >250 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 473 mph
Gear lmit 447 mph
Combat Flaps 286 mph
Max static +G's ~18
Max static -G's ~7
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <289 mph
Rudder <249 mph
Elevators <311 mph
Radiator >155 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is 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
700 m
2297 ft
100% Enginepower 1010 hp
WEP Enginepower 1192 hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
3700 m
12139 ft
100% Enginepower 930 hp
WEP Enginepower 1097 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)