The BF2C-1 Goshawk is a rank I American fighter with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "La Royale".
A carrier-based biplane fighter available to new players as a reserve. It has the peculiarity of being the only reserve biplane (and reserve plane overall) in the game with a retractable landing gear, giving it an advantage when it comes to aerodynamics.
Furthermore, the Goshawk is also capable of providing close air support, making it a nice pick for mixed battles.
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 3,500 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 240||< 220||< 350||> 190|
Survivability and armour
The BF2C-1 has no armoured plates. All critical systems are located ahead of the pilot. While the fuel tank is self-sealing, a good fire will bring your plane down very quickly before it has a chance to work its magic. Any engine damage reduces your speed to dangerous levels, so avoid tailing bombers and head-on attacks against fighters.
Modifications and economy
The BF2C-1 is armed with:
- 2 x 7.62 mm Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (600 rpg = 1,200 total)
The BF2C-1 has 4 x 100 lb bombs, which makes it good in combined battles as CAS, but it's not recommended to take these bombs in air battles as the BF2C-1 is a very slow plane, making it even weaker in turnfights.
Usage in battles
Air Battles (AB and RB):
As with other biplanes, the BF2C-1 should be used as a turnfighter. But while this is a viable tactic against less manoeuvrable targets, you might struggle to turnfight other biplanes, which could turn better than you (for example, the Soviet biplanes). In that case, if you're engaging an opponent that's more agile than you, try to apply Boom and Zoom tactics instead.
The Goshawk can also use its four 100 lb bombs to attack ground targets in both Arcade and Realistic battles.
Mixed Battles (Tank and Naval Battles):
The BF2C-1 is an excellent pick for mixed battles. Being a fighter-bomber, it can both engage enemy aircraft and provide close air support. Most of the targets at this plane's Battle Rating are lightly armoured, so they can be easily destroyed by your bombs (boats can also be easily destroyed, but ships might require multiple bombs to be sunk).
Just remember that equipping the bombs will make your plane heavier, so if you find a major threat in the air, don't be afraid to release your bombs to make your plane lighter and efficiently engage the enemy.
Pros and cons
- Capable of taking off and landing on aircraft carriers
- Has a retractable landing gear, unlike other reserve aircraft
- Easy to fly
- Features suspended armament, which comes in handy in mixed battles
- Weak offensive armament
- Suspended armament requires precise hits in order to damage medium and heavily armoured targets
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