B-239 (Sweden)

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The ▄Brewster Model 239 is a rank I Swedish fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB) and 2.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Fire and Ice". The B-239 is denavalized version of the F2A-1 Buffalo found in the US tech tree.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 400 m460 km/h
Turn time16 s
Max altitude9 900 m
EngineWright R-1820-G5
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight3 t
Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 5,400 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 438 421 9900 16.7 17.2 10.5 10.5 130
Upgraded 484 460 15.8 16.0 19.1 14.2


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 + -
761 280 425 380 240 ~12 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< ~300 < ~320 < ~350 > ___

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear280 km/h
  • 8.5 mm steel - Pilot seat
  • Self-sealing wing tanks
  • Exposed engine and oil cooling system, prone to damage

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB220 → 276 Sl icon.png
RB470 → 590 Sl icon.png
SB890 → 1 117 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications5 970 Rp icon.png
4 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost410 Ge icon.png
Crew training1 800 Sl icon.png
Experts6 300 Sl icon.png
Aces80 Ge icon.png
Research Aces140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
20 / 40 / 90 % Sl icon.png
106 / 106 / 106 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
400 Rp icon.png
300 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
400 Rp icon.png
300 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
450 Rp icon.png
340 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
740 Rp icon.png
560 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
740 Rp icon.png
560 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
970 Rp icon.png
730 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
450 Rp icon.png
340 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
970 Rp icon.png
730 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
400 Rp icon.png
300 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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450 Rp icon.png
340 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png


Offensive armament

Weapon 14 x 12.7 mm LKk/42 machine gun
Ammunition1 300 rounds
Fire rate1 100 shots/min
Main article: LKk/42 (12.7 mm)

The B-239 (Sweden) is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm LKk/42 machine guns, nose-mounted (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm LKk/42 machine guns, wing-mounted (400 rpg = 800 total)

Usage in battles

You are pretty manoeuvrable and can win a dogfight against most enemies, the exception being Spitfires and Japanese single engine fighters. Be wary of you poor energy retention though, this leads you to gain an advantage in the first couple of turns in your dogfight but you should try to avoid longer fights, by any means. You can use flaps to get the maximal turn rate possible. You can also climb at the beginning of a match, get to 3-4 km while climbing at 220 km/h IAS. Once you see enemy fighters, level out and stay above 280-300 km/h, this ensures you can at least follow one or two turns, to get a good shot in. If this fails, dive away and reposition.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Very manoeuvrable
  • Effective weaponry
  • Above average climb rate


  • Quite slow
  • Vital components not protected by armour


At the beginning of 1939, Finland was looking to purchase modern fighter aircraft. They contacted the USA with the only demand being that the plane was already in service and had the ability to use 87-octane fuel. 44 F2A-1 Buffalo fighters intended originally for the US Navy were sold to Finland after the USN agreed to wait for the F2A-2 variant instead. Model B-239E was built with a more powerful Wright R-1820-G5 engine producing 950 hp as opposed to the 940 hp Wright R-1820-34 engine used in USN planes and featured mountings allowing installation of four machine guns instead of two on the American counterpart. The planes were also de-navalised, which meant they weighed less while having better performance.

The planes were delivered in January and February 1940 to Bergen, Norway, then sent by railway to Sweden where they were assembled in SAAB factory at Trollhättan. There, they were equipped with armoured backrests, metric flight instruments, a domestic Väisälä T.h.m.40 gunsight, and four 12.7 mm machine guns. Unimpressed with the plane at first, the Finnish view on it changed drastically after a Brewster company test pilot demonstrated that the B-239E was able to out-turn the Fiat G.50 Freccia fighter, although it was slower in level flight than the G.50. None of the B-239s saw combat during the Winter War.

Finnish pilots regarded the B-239 as an easy to fly plane, while its relatively long range and easy maintenance allowed to keep them operational without much effort. It earned a reputation as one of the best Finnish fighters alongside the Fiat G.50 which had a kill-loss ratio of 33:1, while Lentolaivue 24 (Fighter Squadron 24) managed to score 26:1 ratio with 477 Soviet planes claimed destroyed with loss of only 19 B-239s. Finnish B-239s were in service from 1940 all the way to 1948 with the last eight remaining since the end of war in Lapland. The last victory of a B-239 over Soviet aircraft was claimed on 17th June 1944 near the Karelian Isthmus, while the last victory of a B-239 in WWII was achieved on 3rd October 1944 when HLeLV 26 intercepted German Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers and claimed two shot down.



See also

Related development

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • other literature.

Brewster Aeronautical Corporation
Fighters  F2A-1 · Thach's F2A-1 · F2A-3
Export  ▄B-239

Sweden fighters
Saab  J21A-1 · J21A-2 · A21A-3
FFVS  J22-A · J22-B
VL  Mörkö-Morane · VL Myrsky II · VL Pyörremyrsky
(NL) Fokker  ▄Fokker D.XXI-3 · ▄Fokker D.XXI
(DE) Messerschmitt  ▄Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-6 Erla · ▄Bf 109 G-6
Other  ▄B-239 · ▄Hurricane Mk I/L
Foreign Import  J8A · Iacobi's J8A · J11 · J20 · J26 David · J26