AD-4NA (France)

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This page is about the strike aircraft AD-4NA (France). For other versions, see AD Skyraider (Family).
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To combat the imminent threat from insurgents in Algeria, France purchased 100+ AD-4s in 1959. Five of the AD-4s were AD-4NAs but all 113 AD-4/Ns were converted to NA configuration by SFERMA. This resulted in the removal of radar equipment and 3-seater AD-4s were reconverted to single-seater versions. The AD-4NAs were deployed in Algerian to fight off the Algerian National Liberation Front. They also saw action in Chad with French mercenaries piloting them. France later sent the AD-4NAs to other countries as they were phased out in the 1970s.

Introduced in Update "Ground Breaking", the ▄AD-4NA Skyraider is a very strong ground attacker with a multitude of ordnance options. The 20 mm cannons are also incredibly effective against ground targets like light pillboxes and can penetrate the engine decks of some medium tanks. With the addition of custom loadouts, players have a lot of options for making loadouts, since the AD-4NA has access to five unique bombs and four types of rockets. Players can use this as a fighter but should beware of partaking in prolonged dogfights. Enemy fighters can easily exploit the AD-4s immense weight which makes it struggle in vertical manoeuvres.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 821 m587 km/h
Turn time23 s
Max altitude8 900 m
EngineWright R-3350-26WD
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight10 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,822 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 562 542 8900 24.0 24.6 11.5 11.5 600
Upgraded 621 587 22.2 23.0 20.9 15.5


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
797 680 N/A 346 252 ~10 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 460 < 480 < 410 > 300

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear680 km/h

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Modifications and economy

Repair cost
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RB2 996 Sl icon.png
SB5 350 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts340 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
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Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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Talisman.png 2 × 178 / 178 / 178 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Engine injection
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SBC mk.I
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TC mk.I
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LFRC mk.12
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MBC mk.I
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Matra T10 140
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LBC mk.I
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Matra T10 151


Offensive armament

Main article: M3 (20 mm)

The AD-4NA (France) is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

The AD-4NA (France) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
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250 lb AN-M57 bombs 1 1
500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs 1 1 1
1,000 lb A.P. AN-MK 33 bombs 1 1 1
1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs 1 1 1
1,600 lb AN-Mk 1 bombs 1 1 1
2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bombs 1
Mk 78 incendiary bombs 1 1
HVAR rockets 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
T10 140 rockets 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
T10 151 rockets 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Tiny Tim rockets 1 1
2,216 lb Mk.13-6 Case torpedoes 1
Default weapon presets
  • Without load
  • 12 x HVAR rockets
  • 2 x Tiny Tim rockets
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets
  • 24 x T10 151 rockets
  • 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (500 lb total)
  • 3 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 3 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 1,000 lb A.P. AN-MK 33 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 1,600 lb AN-Mk 1 bombs (4,800 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,216 lb Mk.13-6 Case torpedo
  • 2 x Tiny Tim rockets + 12 x HVAR rockets + 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb (2,000 lb total)
  • 24 x T10 140 rockets + 3 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 24 x T10 151 rockets + 3 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 2 x Mk 78 incendiary bombs

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons


  • Multitude of ground ordnance
  • Strong guns with sufficient velocity
  • Can turn tightly
  • Airspawn in Air Realistic Battles
  • Engine is well armoured from ground fire
  • Self-sealing fuel tank


  • Slow for its BR, especially when facing jets
  • No airbrake
  • Poor manoeuvring energy retention
  • Very heavy
  • Guns are mounted on the wings


French AD-4NA (BuAer 125716 "F-AZFN")

In 1959, France bought 118 AD-4s with some being different variants. 88 AD-4Ns, 20 AD-4s, and 5 AD-4NAs were acquired by France. The AD-4Ns and AD-4s were converted to AD-4NA standard by SFERMA (Société Française d'Entretien et de Réparation de Matériel Aéronautique), a subsidiary of SNCASO to repair and/or overhaul military and civil aircraft. Immediately, the AD-4NAs were sent to Algeria to fight against the Algerian National Liberation Front. The Skyraiders saw massive success in the counter-insurgency role and fought from 1960 till the Independence of Algeria in 1963.

Some of the AD-4s were sent to Chad and were flown by French mercenaries against the Libyan army. A few more AD-4s went to Gabon and were also flown by French pilots. The AD-4s flown by the mercenaries fought till 1982 when they were left abandoned at N'Djamena airport. In 1986, these parked AD-4s were discovered by the AMPAA and two were allowed to be sent back to France. BuAer 125716 was restored in Niamey and took off with its final destination in Melun and redesignated "F-AZFN". BuAer 126959 had carburettor issues and later underwent a ferry flight from Niger to France. After, 126959 was transported via ship to California and was redesignated "N2088V".


French AD-4NA S/N 127002, the inspiration for the in-game livery of the aircraft.

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links

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Bombers  TBD-1 · B-18A · SBD-3 · BTD-1 · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT
Turboprops  A2D-1
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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
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France twin-engine fighters and strike aircraft
Twin-engine fighters  Potez 630 · Potez 631 · VB.10C-1 · VB.10-02
Strike aircraft  Br.693AB2 · ▄AD-4 · ▄AD-4NA

France premium aircraft
Fighters  D.371 H.S.9 · Pallier's D.510 · ▄P-39Q-25 · ▄P-40F-5 Lafayette · ▄P-47D-22-RE · F-6C-10-NA
  M.B.152C1 · ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T · NC.900 · S.O.8000 Narval
Jet fighters  Milan · Mirage F1C-200
Strike aircraft  ▄AD-4NA · F-84F IAF
Bombers  Late 298D · ▄PBY-5A Late
Jet bombers  Vautour IIA IDF/AF · S.O.4050 Vautour IIN