A-1H

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A-1H
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A-1H
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Description

By the Vietnam War, the AD Skyraiders had an extensive combat record with the USA since the Korean War. Seven major variants of the aircraft was produced, numbered AD-1 to AD-7. As part of the 1962 Tri-service designation system, the Skyraider was redesigned into "A-1", with letters A-J to represent each variant. The AD-6, now known as the A-1H, would be the most numerous produced at 712 units and would serve as an essential ground support aircraft for the US throughout the Vietnam War. The A-1H's had one of its most memorable moment come in October 1965 when Commander Clarence J. Stoddard of the US Navy, to commemorate the 6 millionth pound of ordnance dropped, included a mounted toilet in his munitions load and dropped it in combat operations.

The A-1H Skyraider, introduced in Update "Fire and Ice" as a reward for Battle Pass: Season IX, "Smell of Victory", has a familiar feel to the preceding Skyraider variants present in the game. However, the amount of ordnance the A-1H can carry compared to its predecessor is on another level. This can allow the A-1H to lay havoc to any target it finds in the field. The large number of hard points on the aircraft and the ordnance variety means the aircraft can be suited up with ordnance that is best suited to the battlefield conditions. If up to it, players can reenact Commander Stoddard's claim to fame in 1965 and equip the "Special Weapon" to the aircraft and drop that into the battlefield.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 5 821 m587 km/h
Turn time23 s
Max altitude8 900 m
EngineWright R-3350-26WD
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight12 t

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 5,822 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 561 542 8900 24.1 24.8 11.7 11.7 600
Upgraded 618 587 22.0 23.0 20.6 15.5

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
797 680 364 346 252 ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 460 < 480 < 410 > 350

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear680 km/h

The A-1H only has 2 15 mm steel plates on the side and 40 mm of bulletproof glass. The side armour can easily be penetrated with 20 mm rounds.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 285 Sl icon.png
RB3 652 Sl icon.png
SB5 651 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts340 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 180 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 110 / 210 / 600 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 184 / 184 / 184 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Mods ammo.png
anm3_belt_pack
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon block rocket.png
AERO-6
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk81
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods heli false thermal targets.png
Flares/Chaff
Mods weapon.png
anm3_new_gun
Mods pilon block rocket.png
AERO-7
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk82
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods napalm fire bomb.png
MK 77
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods napalm fire bomb.png
MK 77
Mods weapon.png
M163_Minigun_new_gun
Mods pilon block rocket large.png
LAU-10/A
Mods pilon bomb.png
M117
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods napalm fire bomb.png
BLU-1
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk83
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Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk84

Armaments

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Offensive armament

Main article: M3 (20 mm)

The A-1H is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm M3 cannons, wing-mounted (200 rpg = 800 total)
  • 60 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

The A-1H can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns (1,500 rpg) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
250 lb AN-M57 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1 1 1 1 1 1
250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1 1 1 1 1 1
250 lb Mk 81 Snakeye bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1 1 1 1 1 1
500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs 1 1 1 1 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1 1 1 1
500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs 1 1 1 1 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6 1 1 1 1
750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs 1 1 1
1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs 1 1 1
2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs 1 1 1
BLU-1 incendiary bombs 1 1
Mk 77 mod 2 incendiary bombs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets 7, 19 7, 19 7, 19 7, 19 7 7, 19 7, 19 7, 19 7, 19 7 7, 19 7, 19 7, 19 7, 19
HVAR rockets 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
"Special weapon" 1
Maximum permissible loadout weight: 4,575 kg
Maximum permissible wing load: 2,200 kg
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 1,300 kg
Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 12 x HVAR rockets
  • 98 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 228 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 40 x Zuni Mk32 Mod 0 ATAP rockets
  • 30 x 250 lb LDGP Mk 81 bombs (7,500 lb total)
  • 30 x 250 lb Mk 81 Snakeye bombs (7,500 lb total)
  • 11 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (5,500 lb total)
  • 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (9,000 lb total)
  • 18 x 500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs (9,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 750 lb M117 cone 45 bombs (2,250 lb total)
  • 3 x 1,000 lb LDGP Mk 83 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 11 x Mk 77 mod 2 incendiary bombs
  • 2 x BLU-1 incendiary bombs
  • 8 x 7.62 mm M134 Minigun machine guns (1,500 rpg = 12,000 total)

Usage in battles

The A-1H can perform well in battles at its BR, either in a CAS role with 30 x 250 lb bomb capacity, 228 x FFAR rockets and 11 x Mk 77 mod 2 incendiary bombs. Once the ordnance is expended, it can also perform decently as a fighter since it has flares, which allows for it to be used in higher tier battles.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Huge and varied payload options, including napalms and rockets, as well as retarded bombs
  • Access to custom loadout options
  • Can mount up to 8 miniguns with plenty of ammunition, capable of destroying any planes with a short burst
  • Access to countermeasures, making it an ideal CAS in ground battles
  • Four 20 mm cannons are good for ground targets and plane
  • Sturdy and armoured enough to tank on machine gun and cannon rounds

Cons:

  • Mediocre manoeuvrability that worsens with a payload you carry
  • 20 mm cannons and miniguns have different ballistic properties, can make lining up shot somewhat tricky
  • Can face jet aircraft that can easily hunt down and destroy the plane
  • Mighty Mouse Rockets are ineffective, requiring a direct hit even against SPAA

History

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Media

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See also

External links


Douglas Aircraft Company
Strike Aircraft  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · AD-2 · AD-4 · A-1H
Bombers  TBD-1 · B-18A · SBD-3 · BTD-1 · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT
Turboprops  A2D-1
Jet Aircraft  F3D-1 · F4D-1
A-4 Skyhawk  A-4B · A-4E Early
Export  ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄DB-7 · ▂A-20G-30 · ▄AD-4 · ▄AD-4NA
A-4 Skyhawk  A-4H · A-4E Early (M) · Ayit · A-4E
  The Douglas Aircraft Company merged with McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in 1967 to form McDonnell Douglas.

USA strike aircraft
Douglas  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · A2D-1 · AD-2 · AD-4 · A-1H
North American  A-36 · PBJ-1H · PBJ-1J
Other  AM-1 · AU-1 · XA-38

USA premium aircraft
Fighters  Thach's F2A-1 · Galer's F3F-2 · F2G-1 · F4U-4B VMF-214 · P-26A-34 · P-40C · P-43A-1
  P-47M-1-RE · ⋠P-47M-1-RE · P-51A · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · ␠Kingcobra · XP-55
  ▃A6M2 · ▃Ki-43-II · ▃Ki-61-Ib · ▃Bf 109 F-4 · ▃Fw 190 A-8 · ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc
Twin-engine fighters  XP-38G · Bong's P-38J-15 · P-38K · YP-38 · P-61A-11 · XF5F · XP-50 · F7F-3
Jet fighters  P-59A · F-86F-35 · F-89B · F-89D · F-4S Phantom II · F-5C
Strike aircraft  A-1H · A2D-1 · AU-1 · XA-38 · AV-8A · A-6E TRAM · A-10A
Bombers  A-26C-45DT · B-10B · BTD-1 · PBM-3 "Mariner" · PV-2D