The A-36 Apache is a Rank II American attacker with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/SB) and 3.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.51 "Cold Steel."
The A-36 is the ground strike variant of the P-51 Mustang. Aside from the obvious difference of being able to carry bombs, the A-36 also has air brakes mounted on the wings of the aircraft and is more agile than the P-51. The standard use of the A-36 is to start by bombing, then either to strafe soft ground targets or else to act as a fighter, as the situation requires. It is particularly effective at escort roles, since it can either assist front-line bombers to take out ground units or to engage interceptors as the need arises. Please note that this plane excels at destroying furballs with gun pods attached. In fact, one could play this plane as a Boom & Zoom fighter when gun pods are unlocked.
The Apache's armament is 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns (with four more M2 available with gun pods), which is respectable for its rank. Further, two of the guns are fitted in the nose (albeit the bottom of the nose). The A-36's nose-mounted guns allow more focused/accurate targeting and a smaller spread of fire. Though the plane can be difficult to handle for a novice pilot, with practice it can be used to great effect. Thus, A-36 pilots should not shy away from assisting friendly fighters if an opportunity arises to do so.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 1,760 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 1,760 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 600||< 425||< 440||> 210|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|2,011 m||1,100 hp||1,324 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
- 11.11 mm Steel plate behind pilot.
- 6.35 mm Steel plate in front of engine.
- 6.35 mm Steel plate between engine and pilot.
The A-36 is armed with:
- 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, chin-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)
- 4 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, wing-mounted (350 rpg = 1,400 total)
The A-36 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
- Without load
- 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (200 lb total)
- 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (500 lb total)
- 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (1,000 lb total)
- 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun (gun pods x 2), wing-mounted (340 rpg = 1360 total)
Usage in the battles
The A-36 is quite a unique aircraft for its rank. It is a sleek looking fighter-bomber and should be used as such. It has good speed for its rank and designation, decent armament and a good selection of payloads; the A-36's role varies depending on the game mode you play.
Air Arcade and Air Realistic- In air battles, you can target ground forces with your .50 cals, equip bombs and take out medium or heavy tanks or you can specialize as a fighter. For a slight performance drop, you can equip the gun pods, which makes this plane absolutely formidable against any aircraft especially during head-on attacks. Fighters and bombers alike will take heavy damage if not fully destroyed by the ten .50 calibre machine guns. Generally, it is best to focus on enemy aircraft in Air Arcade, while leaving the ground attack to more dedicated aircraft.
Ground Realistic- Ground RB allows you to really let the A-36 shine. It performs very well in the fighter Bomber role. If you equip bombs, you can quickly dive into battle, bomb a target and then begin engaging enemy aircraft. If you instead equip the gun pods, you should also equip the ground targets belt. The high amount of AP ammunition allows you to penetrate most German and Japanese vehicles through the roof, while the belt still retains high levels of effectiveness against aircraft, allowing you to be a true multi-role fighter bomber. The gun pods also allow you to hunt heavily armoured aircraft like the IL2.
Tip: taking off in Simulator Battles
Sea-level maximum speed (Auto engine control, no secondary weapons): Altitude: just above sea level (minimum safe altitude: 5m/16ft), 100% throttle, elevator trim: 4% up, aileron trim: 1% left, rudder trim: 0%, you should get a true air speed of 523 kph/325 mph/282 kt. Maximum true speed (Auto engine control, no secondary weapons): Altitude: 1,760 m/5,775 ft, 100% throttle, elevator trim: 5% up, aileron trim: 1% left, rudder trim: 0%, you should get a true air speed of 536 kph/333 mph/289 kt.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not ontrollable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 12 mm||DPG-1|
|III||Wings Reapir||Engine||New 12 mm MGs|
|IV||Engine Injection||Cover||FMBC mk.1|
Pros and cons
- Decent armament for its rank
- Fast bomb reload unlike typical fighters in arcade
- Highly agile for an attacker
- Two of the 6 x M2 12.7 mm machine guns are mounted under the fuselage, increasing accuracy
- Superior firepower than most other planes in rank
- Very good energy retention for an attacker
- Good performance at low altitude
- Very good dive speed
- Has air brakes
- Attacker spawn point, can be used to certain advantage
- It's a modified version the P-51 making it a decent fighter with the addition of two 12.7 machine guns in the bottom of the nose
- Can opt to equip 2 DGP-1, adding further 4 x 12.7 mm M2's to it's armament, giving the A-36 a very high burst-mass compared to its contemporaries
- Fuselage mounted M2's are hooked up to a synchronizer, lowering their effective rate of fire (prevents them from shredding the propeller)
- Carrying payload slows you down
- Is not a dedicated attacker unlike the A-20G-25
- Will be easily out turned by fighters of other nations
- Does not have access to rockets or bombs over 500 lb, making it difficult to use against heavily armoured targets
Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too big, take it to a separate article, taking a link to an article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ historical reference" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/Name-vehicles/historical reference) and add a link to it here using the
main template. Be sure to include links to sources at the end of the article.
An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.
Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example,
- reference to the series of the aircraft;
- links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.
Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:
- topic on the official game forum;
- page on aircraft encyclopedia;
- other literature.
|AD||AD-2 Skyraider · AD-4 Skyraider|
|PBJ||PBJ-1H · PBJ-1J|
|A-26||A-26B-10 · A-26B-50|
|Other||A-36 Apache · A-20G-25 Havoc · XA-38 Grizzly|
|Hydroplanes||OS2U-1 Kingfisher · OS2U-3 Kingfisher|