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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.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Max speed
at 3 500 m411 km/h
Turn time13 s
Max altitude10 700 m
EngineWright Cyclone R-1820-04
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight2 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 3,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 397 384 10700 13.9 14.5 12.1 11.9 274
Upgraded 423 411 12.7 13.3 16.6 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 + -
600 280 N/A N/A N/A ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 240 < 220 < 350 > 190

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear280 km/h

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

Repair cost
Total cost of modifications2 420 Rp icon.png
113 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost190 Ge icon.png
Crew trainingfree
Experts1 000 Sl icon.png
Aces10 Ge icon.png
Research Aces80 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
10 / 10 / 50 % Sl icon.png
100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Mods radiator.png
440 Rp icon.png
19 Sl icon.png
35 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Mods compressor.png
500 Rp icon.png
25 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Mods new engine.png
Mods armor cover.png
Mods ammo.png
440 Rp icon.png
19 Sl icon.png
35 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
500 Rp icon.png
25 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
Mods weapon.png
540 Rp icon.png
25 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)

The BF2C-1 is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.62 mm Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (600 rpg = 1,200 total)

Suspended armament

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
  • Slow
  • Does not turn as well as nearly all other biplanes


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See also

Related development

External links

Curtiss-Wright Corporation
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