F4F-3 Wildcat

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General info

F4F-3 Wildcat in the Garage.

The F4F-3 Wildcat is a Rank II American fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB) and 3.0 (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

An F4F-3 attacking a G4M "Betty" bomber

The Wildcat is a beast when piloted well. Its strengths lie in its firepower and diving ability, but it also has the ability to out maneuver most aircraft in War Thunder. This gives you numerous options when dogfighting.

The F4F-3 Wildcat is a good all-round fighter, though its top speed and rate of climb is lacking. It is good to go head on with opponents from other nations as their aircraft won't be able to withstand the damage that the Wildcat can deal, and the good protection for your pilot added to the overall resilience of the aircraft gives it some pretty impressive defence.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

This aircraft is armed with only 4 x 12.7 mm machine guns. However, you can try to BnZ some Japanese fighters or aircraft as they are more lightly armored.

The Wildcat is an easy plane to fly in AB (Arcade Battles). It is very manoeuvrable, and well-armed for its class. You can out turn pretty much all German and Russian aircraft, but beware that you don’t get sucked into a turn fight with any of the Japanese planes and especially the British Spitfire.
The Wildcat will get a hard time scoring kills simply because it has a low ammo count and the armament is only 4 machine guns, you will often get matched with the BF 109E-3 and F-1 which have powerful canons and a very good turn rate. The best way to use this cat is to BnZ since most of your opponent are less armored and are slower. You can also out turn some of the Russian aircraft, but if you cannot, simply dive away, you might rip the wings off. If your opponent, is too concentrated on attacking than protecting.
The Wildcat will get a hard time scoring kills simply because it has a low ammo count and the armament is only 4 machine guns, you will often get matched with the BF 109E-3 and F-1 which have powerful canons and a very good turn rate. The best way to use this cat is to BnZ since most of your opponents are less armored and are slower. You can also out turn some of the Russian aircraft, but if you cannot, simply dive away - your attacker might rip their wings off if they're too focused on getting a kill.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Decent maneuverability.
  • Decent roll rate.
  • Can carry bombs.
  • Can take some damage.
  • Good Pilot Protection.
  • Good dive speed and characteristic.
  • Can fly with a red engine (AB).

Cons:

  • Mediocre rate of climb and top speed
  • Only 4 x 50.cal, somehow inadequate compared to the P-40.
  • Low ammo count of only 1400 rounds.
  • Bad cockpit rear visibility (SB).

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, wing-mounted (350 rpg = 1,400 total)

Payloads

  • Without load
  • 2 x 100 lbs AN-M30A1 bombs

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1016 hp (Stock), 1203 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1111 hp (Stock), 1298 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 668 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1006 hp (Stock), 1100 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1100 hp (Stock), 1195 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 668 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1006 hp (Stock), 1100 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1100 hp (Stock), 1195 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 668 kg

Stat card

Stock
  • Max speed: 494 km/h
    • at height: 5,800 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 20.1 s
  • Rate of Climb: 11.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 210 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 540 km/h
    • at height: 5,800 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 17.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 20.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 210 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 483 km/h
    • at height: 5,800 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 20.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 12.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 210 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 518 km/h
    • at height: 5,800 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 18.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 15.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 210 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 483 km/h
    • at height: 5,800 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 20.5 s
  • Rate of Climb: 12.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 210 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 518 km/h
    • at height: 5,800 m
  • Max altitude: 12,000 m
  • Turn Time: 18.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 15.1 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 210 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
1.3
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

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair, Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe Mk.41
III Wings repair, Engine New 12 mm MGs
IV Engine injection Cover

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History of creation and combat usage

During the early years WW2, the United States’ main fighter in its navy was the F4F Wildcat. One of the first monoplane navy fighters of it’s era. It served well in many battles, like the battle for Wake island, and most notably in the battle of Guadalcanal. It was a very reliable aircraft, however was constantly challenged by the infamous A6M2 and A6M3 Zero. However, most of the time skilled pilots like John Smith were able to out-dogfight more maneuverable fighters like the Zero and Oscar in those battles.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the F4F-3 from live.warthunder.com. The category terms #f4f3 and #f4f_3 are currently used in content.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png F4F-3 Wildcat
Nation USA
Type Naval fighter
Fighting style Boom & Zoom
Energy Fighting

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~2925 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~3307 kg
Takeoff Weight ~3792 kg
Wing Area ~24 m²
# Flap Positions 2
Number of Engines 1
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Power per Engine 1100 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~514.00 kph at 5800 m
Climb Rate ~15.13 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~228.28 kph
Turn Time ~21.65 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~121.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~6449 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~7290 lb
Takeoff Weight ~8360 lb
Wing Area ~260 ft²
# Flap Positions 2
Number of Engines 1
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Power per Engine 1100 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~319.39 mph at 19029 m
Climb Rate 49.65 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~141.85 mph
Turn Time 21.65 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~24.78 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
4 x M2/early Browning 350 RPG
Payload Option 1
Without load
Payload Option 2
2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 💣 Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 826 kph
Gear lmit 500 kph
Combat Flaps 420 kph
Max static +G's ~11
Max static -G's ~6
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <320 kph
Rudder <390 kph
Elevators <300 kph
Radiator >200 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 513 mph
Gear lmit 311 mph
Combat Flaps 261 mph
Max static +G's ~11
Max static -G's ~6
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <199 mph
Rudder <242 mph
Elevators <186 mph
Radiator >124 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is 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 controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
3157 m
10358 ft
100% Enginepower 900 hp
WEP Enginepower 977 hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
6300 m
20669 ft
100% Enginepower 950 hp
WEP Enginepower 1031 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)