F4F-4 Wildcat

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General info

F4F-4 Wildcat in the Garage.

The F4F-4 Wildcat is a Rank II American naval fighter with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB) and 2.7 (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

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Decent maneuverability.
  • Decent roll rate.
  • Carried an extra pair of guns.
  • Can carry bombs.
  • Can take some damage.
  • Improved pilot protection from already good protection from previous model.
  • Good dive speed and characteristic.
  • Can fly with a red engine(AB).

Cons:

  • A severely overtiered plane, with next to no significant improvement besides armament from the previous model, yet it suffers from severely increased BR(AB).
  • Totally outperformed in every aspect except turn rate by the P-47s in similar BR(AB).
  • Commonly faces difficult foes.
  • Mediocre rate of climb and top speed.
  • Low ammo count of only 1440 rounds despite added guns.
  • Bad cockpit rear visibility(SB).

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

  • 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, wing-mounted (240 rpg = 1,440 total)

Payloads

  • 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1018 hp (Stock), 1201 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1107 hp (Stock), 1290 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 668 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1007 hp (Stock), 1100 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1097 hp (Stock), 1189 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 668 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-86 14-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1007 hp (Stock), 1100 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1097 hp (Stock), 1189 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 668 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 495 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 21.2 s
  • Rate of Climb: 10.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 258 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 539 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 18.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 19.4 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 258 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 480 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 21.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 11.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 258 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 517 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 19.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 14.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 258 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 480 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 21.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 11.6 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 258 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 517 km/h
    • at height: 5,600 m
  • Max altitude: 8,500 m
  • Turn Time: 19.9 s
  • Rate of Climb: 14.0 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 258 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

The Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat was a single-engine all-metal construction plane in the F4F series.


The F4F-4 increased the number of 12.7 mm machine guns to six and was built with manually folding wings. Wingspan was decreased from 11.5 to 4.36 meters when the wings were folded, allowing 50% more aircraft to be held on a carrier. The plane’s ruggedness was also much improved. To protect the pilot, bulletproof glass was installed and the area under the pilot’s seat was armored. Other armored areas were improved, fuel tank protection was increased, and the oil radiators under the wings were better protected, as well. The engine was replaced. The F4F-3 model had a two-stage supercharger, but those engines were in high demand for the production of B-17 bombers, so engines with single-stage superchargers were used instead for the F4F-4.

The F4F-4 entered service in 1942, but the pilots were disappointed with the new model. It had greater survivability when compared with the F4F-3 but had significantly lower performance characteristics. Also, its gun ammunition was reduced and could be depleted in less than 20 seconds, which also evoked a negative response from pilots.

All in all, 1169 F4F-4s were constructed.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the ___ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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F4F-4
Nation USA
Type Carrier fighter
Fighting style Boom & Zoom
Engery Fighting

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~2983 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~3365 kg
Takeoff Weight ~3974 kg
Wing Area ~24 m²
# Flap Positions 2
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Power per Engine 1100 hp
WEP Duration infinite
top speed ~493.01 kph at 5600 m
Climb Rate ~14.02 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~239.76 kph
Turn Time ~26.58 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~124.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~6576 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~7417 lb
Takeoff Weight ~8761 lb
Wing Area ~260 ft²
# Flap Positions 2
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks no
Arrestor Gear yes
Statistics
Power per Engine 1100 hp
WEP Duration infinite
Top speed ~306.34 mph at 18373 m
Climb Rate 45.99 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~148.98 mph
Turn Time 26.58 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~25.40 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
6 x M2/early Browning 240 RPG
Payload Option 1
Nothing Loaded Clean Plane
Payload Option 2
2 x 💣 100 lbs AN-M30 Bomb
Limits
Max Speed limit 826 kph
Gear lmit 450 kph
Combat Flaps 420 kph
Max static +G's ~8
Max static -G's ~5
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <320 kph
Rudder <390 kph
Elevators <300 kph
Radiator >200 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 513 mph
Gear lmit 280 mph
Combat Flaps 261 mph
Max static +G's ~8
Max static -G's ~5
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 800 hp
WEP Enginepower 864 hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
5220 m
17126 ft
100% Enginepower 950 hp
WEP Enginepower 1026 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)