|This page is about the aircraft F-80A-5. For the other version, see F-80C-10.|
The F-80A-5 Shooting Star is a rank V American jet fighter with a battle rating of 6.7 (AB) and 7.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.39. The plane was redesignated from the P-80A-5 to the F-80A-5 in Update 1.79 "Project X".
The main purpose of the F-80 is to teach a pilot how to fly jets in general. If a pilot is doing well (read: has even or close to even k/d) in the F-80, he's ready to move to higher-ranked jets. Never give up your speed: it is the plane's insurance. Only trade it for the altitude in zoom climbs!
Be careful that the jet is up-tiered quite a lot. When this happens, strictly adhere to the rules set forth in this article or you will be at a great disadvantage.
One thing to take note of is the M2 Brownings. Sadly, they are insufficient for high-speed combat due to the low rate of fire and subsequently limited damage output; be aware, however, that they still pack a punch in partial headons with 262s, 229s, and the like. The issue is later on fixed with the M3 Browning on the successor F-80C Shooting star, but the ammunition load still remains low, like on the P-51D. As for piston planes: they are capable of setting enemy piston planes on fire in a short burst. All of the guns are mounted in the nose, making them deadly accurate when performing head-ons, especially once the "new 12 mm MGs" modification is installed. For ground attack, there is the usual complement of an ordinance for the USAF: HVAR rockets and standard 1000 lb bombs.
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 0 m - sea level)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear||Drogue chute|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 482||< 600||< 640||N/A|
|Engine name||Number||Empty mass||Wing loading (full fuel)|
|Allison J33-A-17||1||3,980 kg||239 kg/m2|
|Engine characteristics||Mass with fuel (no weapons load)|| Max Takeoff|
|Weight (each)||Type||9m fuel||20m fuel||30m fuel||32m fuel|
|850 kg||Centrifugal-flow turbojet||4,362 kg||4,800 kg||5,199 kg||5,278 kg||6,500 kg|
|Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)|
|Condition||100%||WEP||9m fuel||20m fuel||30m fuel||32m fuel||MTOW|
|Optimal|| 1,651 kgf
Survivability and armour
- 10 mm Steel - Fore cockpit armour
- 12.7 mm Steel - Behind pilot's seat
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass
The F-80A-5 is armed with:
- 6 × 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, nose-mounted (300 rpg = 1800 total)
The F-80A-5 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
Usage in battles
This plane must be flown strictly as Boom-and-Zoom, or Boom-and-Run. Anything else does not work due to the aircraft's inferior acceleration compared to props and some Axis jets at certain speeds.
For ground strike, the F-80 is a decent aircraft, carrying the USAF standard of bombs, rockets, and ground attack belts. It is not recommended to hit ground targets unless an enemy bomber is spaceclimbing, however; this is a fighter and not a lumbering attacker, and should be used to shoot down enemy aircraft.
At the beginning of the match, the P-80 needs to climb away from the potential combat zone.
An altitude of around 8,000 ft (~2,800 meters) is sufficient. It may then head into the battle after gaining a good speed of around 650 TAS / 550 IAS km/h, or 465 / 390 IAS mph.
As of 1.99, the F-80 is locked in 7.0-7.3 matches against Axis jets, with the occasional mixed game in-between. This means it is always equal-tiered to its opponents, or a mere BR step below them. The F-80 is one of the fastest aircraft at its rank; however, due to its bad acceleration it must maintain energy discipline. Hard turns are taboo; turn to engage, not to follow. Opponents like the 229 can potentially outrun the F-80; however, due to the F-80A-5's higher acceleration at 650-750 IAS compared to a Horton, it is possible to keep up with one for a while.
|I||Fuselage Repair||Compressor||Offensive 12 mm|
|II||New Boosters||Airframe||FRC mk.2|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||New 12 mm MGs|
As with most early jets, the acceleration is sub-par, so Compressor and Engine should be focused on first, then a choice between Airframe, New Boosters or the Offensive 12 mm. Wings Repair is recommended to help with the F-80's average maneuverability. Afterwards, the G-Suit upgrade will come in handy. Fuselage Repair and Cover are not really useful and can be ignored until the very end, although Airframe can be used to help the mediocre durability (the tail control will burn away instantly when you catch on fire unless you have Airframe).
Pros and cons
- Great energy retention compared to piston planes
- Great zoom climb compared to piston planes
- Excellent energy retention compared to the Me 262
- Faster than any piston plane or early Axis jet
- Due to M2's lower rate of fire, the pilot can spray longer and have less trigger discipline
- M2 Brownings fire high-velocity rounds, reducing required lead of target and making head-ons more viable
- M2 Brownings offer limited damage output
- The nose-mounted guns are set lower than wing-mounted weapons and require getting used to at close range
- No WEP in realistic battle
- Only a 105% increase in throttle in an arcade battle
- Four large fuel tanks on each wing
- Tail control tends to burn away whenever the plane is set on fire
- Roll rate locks up at about 500 IAS km/h
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=== Encyclopedia Info ===, also if applicable).
"An all-metal, single-seat fighter-bomber with one turbojet engine. The aircraft was created by a group of Lockheed engineers (headed by Clarence ""Kelly"" Johnson) in only 143 days.
The first flight of the XP-80 prototype was performed in January 1944. The first production version, designated the P-80A Shooting Star, entered service in 1946. The P-80 became the first combat-capable jet aircraft to enter service with the USAAF.
1947 saw the appearance of the next production version of the aircraft, the P-80B. The ninth production P-80A-1 was converted to a new prototype, designated the XP-80B. It had an Allison J33-A-17 turbojet engine producing 1,816 kg of thrust, equipped with a methanol-water injection system. The airfoil was thinner, but the skin's thickness was increased. To install a water mixture tank, the plane's fuel quantity had to be sacrificed by reducing it from 1,781 to 1,610 liters The aircraft also received a Lockheed-designed ejection seat and a cockpit air-conditioning system.
The plane's armament consisted of six 12.7 mm Colt-Browning M3 machine guns with 300 rounds each in the forward fuselage. One 1,000 lb (454 kg) bomb or ten 5-inch (127 mm) unguided HVAR missiles could be suspended under each wing panel.
A total of 240 P-80B fighter-bombers were built from March 1947 to March 1948, including P-80B-1s and 31 P-80B-5s. The В-5 variant was intended to be operated in Arctic conditions; its heated canopy prevented icing. In addition, special types of oil and special rubber were used to operate the aircraft in low temperature conditions.
At least five P-80Bs were equipped with a guidance system for Bell GAM-63 RASCAL air-to-surface missiles. Externally, these aircraft differed in the shape of the forward fuselage and the wing-mounted tanks. Also, they were fitted with extra spoilers on the upper and lower wing surfaces.
In June 1948, when the US military aircraft designation system was changed, the P-80B was renamed to the F-80B.
When the Korean War started, F-80Bs were stationed in the USA and in Europe, being used by the USAAF mainly for training purposes. Later, 117 F-80Bs were brought up to the F-80C's standards and re-designated ""F-80C-12."" The remaining F-80Bs were withdrawn from service by the end of 1951."
- Skin and Camouflages for the F-80A-5 in Warthunder Live.
- Related development
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Bell P-59 Airacomet
- de Havilland Vampire
- Gloster Meteor
- Messerschmitt Me 262
- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-9
- Yakovlev Yak-23
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- encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
- other literature.
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|Jet Fighters||F-80A-5 · F-80C-10|
|F-104A · F-104C|
|Export / License||A-29 · ▄Hudson Mk V|
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|F-80||F-80A-5 · F-80C-10|
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