Bf 109 F-4 (Italy)

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◐Bf 109 F-4
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◐Bf 109 F-4
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The ◐Bf 109 F-4 is a premium gift rank III Italian fighter with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB) and 4.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Apex Predators" as a reward for Battle Pass: Season X, "Royal Guard".

The plane is painted after the camouflage scheme of Hungarian Pilot Dezső Szentgyörgyi, who was the highest-scoring Hungarian fighter ace of the Royal Hungarian Honvéd Air Force in World War II.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 000 m665 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude11 600 m
EngineDaimler-Benz DB-601E
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight3 t

In the hands of a good pilot and employing energy fighting tactics this aircraft can outfly and outmanoeuvre most of the prop planes it faces even at higher battle ratings during up-tier situations due to its low energy loss in turns, high acceleration, high sustained climb rate and low stall speed. It is slower than the later model 109s but it has a better turn rate. The Bf 109 can fly very well at the deck and at high altitude making it a complete energy fighter.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 641 624 11600 20.0 20.7 16.4 16.4 363
Upgraded 691 665 18.1 19.0 24.6 20.0


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 + -
790 360 437 408 260 ~13 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 450 < 390 < 450 > 715

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural790 km/h
Gear360 km/h

The Bf 109 F-4, although a small plane, is a sturdy plane that can survive a lot of damage and retain much of its manoeuvrability when damaged. Its self-sealing fuel tanks increase the chance to put out a fire.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB689 Sl icon.png
RB3 022 Sl icon.png
SB2 411 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts165 000 Sl icon.png
Aces590 Ge icon.png
Research Aces710 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 70 / 190 / 350 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 148 / 148 / 148 % 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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Flamm C 250
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R1 modification
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Offensive armament

Ammunition200 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min
Ammunition1 000 rounds
Fire rate1 200 shots/min

The Bf 109 F-4 (Italy) is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, nose-mounted (200 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Suspended armament

List of setups (4)
Setup 14 x 50 kg SC50JA bomb
Setup 21 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
Setup 31 x Flam C 250 incendiary bomb
Setup 42 x 15 mm MG 151 cannon (secondary) (ammunition: 250 rounds)

The Bf 109 F-4 (Italy) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (200 kg total)
  • 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb (250 kg total)
  • 1 x Flam C 250 incendiary bomb
  • 2 x 15 mm MG 151 cannons (125 rpg = 250 total)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons


  • Nimble, compared to Soviet and American counterparts
  • The 20 mm Minengeschoß shells are lethal because of their high explosive mass
  • Very good climb rate, possibly as good as a Spitfire or a maxed-out P-39 Airacobra
  • Good sustained turn
  • Faster than most opponents, such as the Spitfire Mk V, Yak-3, and La-5, especially at altitude
  • Good performance at medium altitudes
  • Better than the F-4 tropical variant due to engine power
  • The 15 mm cannons have quite high penetration with the armoured targets belt. They are very effective against soft ground targets
  • All weaponry mounted in the nose, allowing easy aiming without having to worry about convergence
  • Flaps tighten turn radius significantly, can win duels against most planes that aren't turnfighters
  • Access to incendiary bombs


  • Engine overheats quickly
  • Additional armament reduces flight performance, especially critical in a dogfight
  • Poor cockpit visibility in Simulator mode due to numerous canopy frames and razorback, greatly limiting the all-round view
  • Prone to catching fire when chasing bombers
  • Gun pods can't load stealth belts, thus giving the user away in a surprise attack
  • Turns sluggishly at speeds under 190 km/h
  • Priority target when in Arcade mode due to its reputation of destroying planes with ease, especially when equipped with MG 151/15 gun pods in addition to the offensive armament of MG 17 machine guns and an MG 151/20 cannon, experienced players will often try to eliminate the Bf 109 F-4 as soon as possible.
  • Gun pods have low ammo count, compared to the 20 mm MG 151 gun pods accessible to the G-2 variant
  • In Simulator mode the huge engine torque causes severe turning when taking off which can lead to a crash
  • Flaps deploy and retract slowly, requires practice to use well


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See also

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External links

Bavarian Aircraft Corporation (BFW*)
Bf 109  Flegel's Bf 109 A · Bf 109 B-1 · Bf 109 E-1 · Bf 109 E-3 · Bf 109 E-4 · Bf 109 E-7/U2
  Bf 109 F-1 · Bf 109 F-2 · Bf 109 F-4 · Bf 109 F-4/trop · Bf 109 G-2/trop · Bf 109 G-6 · Bf 109 K-4 · Bf 109 G-10 · Bf 109 G-14 · Bf 109 Z-1
Bf 110  Bf 110 C-6 · Bf 110 C-7 · Bf 110 F-2 · Bf 110 G-2 · Bf 110 G-4
Me 410  Me 410 A-1 · Me 410 A-1/U2 · Me 410 A-1/U4 · Me 410 B-1 · Me 410 B-1/U2 · Me 410 B-2/U4 · Me 410 B-6/R3
Bombers  Me 264
Jet Fighters  Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0 · Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/Jabo · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b
Export  ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS · ◐Bf 109 F-4 · ◐Bf 109 G-2 · Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-6 · ▄Bf 109 G-6 Erla · ◐Bf 110 G-4
Captured  ▃Bf 109 F-4
  * BFW was later renamed Messerschmitt Aktiengesellschaft (AG) on 11 July 1938. All aircraft currently in production at this time retained the designation Bf while those developed after this date had the designation Me.

Italy fighters
Fiat  CR.32 · CR.32 bis · CR.32 quater · CR.42 · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN
  G.50 serie 2 · G.50 AS serie 7
  G.55 sottoserie 0 · G.55 serie 1 · G.55S · G.56
Reggiane  Re.2000 G.A. · Re.2000 serie 1
  Re.2001 serie 1 · Re.2001 gruppo 22 · Re.2001 CB · Re.2001 CN
  Re.2002 Early
  Re.2005 serie 0
Macchi  C. 200 serie 3 · C. 200 serie 7
  C. 202 · C. 202D · C. 202EC
  C. 205 serie 1 · C. 205 serie 3 · C. 205N2
IMAM  Ro.44
Germany  ◐Bf 109 F-4 · ◐Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS
Romania  He 112 B-1/U2 · IAR-81C
USA  ▄P-47D-30
Britain  ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop

Italy premium aircraft
Fighters  CR.32 bis · Marcolin's C.R.42 CN · He 112 B-1/U2 · Re.2001 gruppo 22
  C. 202D · IAR-81C · ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · ◐Bf 109 F-4 · ◐Bf 109 G-2 · G.55S
Jet fighters  Ariete · G.91 R/4 · ▄F-104S TAF
Strike aircraft  ◐Bf 110 G-4 · Hs 129 B-2 (Romania) · Ro.57 Quadriarma