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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
Yak-38 Pack
F2A-3 Buffalo
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.90 tTake-off weight
2.2 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10424 mCeiling
Wright Cyclone R-1820-40Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
761 km/hStructural
720 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
1300 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
5900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1400 / 1758/1400 / 1758/540 / 678Repair
1800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
106 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
100 % Sl icon.png90 % Sl icon.png30 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the American fighter F2A-3. For other versions, see F2A-1 and Thach's F2A-1.


GarageImage F2A-3.jpg

The F2A-3 Buffalo is a rank I American fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB) and 2.3 (SB). This naval fighter has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

The F2A-3 Buffalo gives pilots the first real taste of typical American fighters in War Thunder- a lumbering, well-armoured beast of a fighter that is well armed and has decent performance capabilities. Indeed, the second Buffalo in War Thunder is a heavy aircraft for its rank, signifying that its turning ability is underwhelming against the sharp turners it meets, especially regarding its relatively low BR- it will face low-rank Zeroes as well as more nimble German Bf 109's. Due to its 4 machine guns, the F2A-3 Buffalo is not very good in a dogfight with British or German aircraft.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,492 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
495 477 10424 18.6 19.3 13.1 13.1 200
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,492 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
548 518 10424 16.7 17.6 20.9 16.4 200


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
761 720  460 ~12 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 465 < 400 < 500 > 310
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
700 m 1,010 hp 1,191 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,700 m 930 hp 1,097 hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks (1 in each wing)


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The F2A-3 is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, nose-mounted (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, wing-mounted (400 rpg = 800 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: AN-M30A1 (100 lb)

The F2A-3 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (200 lb total)

Usage in battles

The characteristics of the F2A-3 means that its pilots shouldn't try to turn-fight their opponents and that they should also strictly maintain their energy. However, its weight and energy retention ability mean that any Buffalo pilot that cares to climb high (3,000 - 4,000 m) will be able to combat opponents with relative ease. However, they should be wary of adept climbers (such as Bf 109s and the US's own P-47, at least in Arcade) as they are more than a match for the F2A's climb rate. In a dive, the Buffalo can rapidly catch up to virtually anything it faces, and, when it does, a battery of 4 x .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns will make short work of any target, save well-armoured bombers such as the B-25 or Ju 88, which an F2A pilot will probably rarely meet.

Discipline is a vital trait needed to master this plane. If you are used to simply engaging with the first opponent you find and turn-fighting, the F2A is not for you, as is much of the US fighter line. The recommended tactic to use with the F2A is Boom & Zoom. At the beginning of the battle, it is vital to climbing - not climbing reduces your energy capabilities drastically due to the low level-flight speed of the F2A - climbing significantly exacerbates performance of the F2A due to its weight and diving capabilities. After attempting a diving engagement on an enemy, whether successful or not, one should always pull out of the engagement shortly after the first attacking pass, so as not to waste speed and/or altitude (a.k.a. energy).

Four M2 Browning .50 MGs are plenty for a 2.7 BR plane - the heavy bullets rip through almost all fighters at this rank. Omni and Stealth rounds are the most effective belts - the Stealth being especially effective due to the M8 API bullets which allow F2A pilots to easily set opponents afire. Against bombers, the capabilities of the M2s are greatly reduced- aiming for engines is the most effective way to combat a bomber. You should always use the boom and zoom tactic as it suits well for Japanese fighters at its rank. However, Japanese fighters will out turn you.

Manual Engine Control

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


For firepower modules, outside of upgrades for the machine guns, the unlock of the module Mk.41 will allow the F2A-3 to mount two 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs.

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Mk.41
IV Engine injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Good dive speed and energy retention
  • Highly manoeuvrable, very good in dog fights
  • Great stealth armament
  • Tail-hook for carrier landings


  • Poor acceleration
  • Vulnerable fuel tanks (very prone to explosions)
  • Poor level flight speed
  • Engine overheats quickly. Loses lots of power due to minor damage or if left unchecked
  • No armour to protect pilot; avoid any kind of head-ons or pursuit of heavy armoured planes with good defensive armament like the IL-2 or BV 238


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In-game description

"The Brewster F2A Buffalo was the first monoplane carrier-based fighter that served in the American fleet. The aircraft had an all-metal construction, with the exception of the control surfaces, which were covered with cloth.

In 1935, the U.S. Navy announced a competition to create a carrier-based fighter which was to replace the obsolete biplanes. The competition was won by the Brewster company and mass production of their F2A began in the summer of 1938. Of the 55 F2A-1s produced, only 11 entered service in the U.S. Finland, which was less demanding than other countries with regards to fighter specs, purchased the rest of the planes, which were then slightly altered for use on airfields.

The F2A-2 variant had a more powerful engine and a pitched Curtiss Electric propeller. The subsequent F2A-3 had a stronger chassis and larger fuel tank. This last modification increased the aircraft’s weight significantly, and the engine did not provide sufficient power, making the F2A-3 inferior even to the F2A-2 in handling and speed.

The F2A was exported to a number of countries, including Finland and Great Britain.

Of the 509 Buffaloes built, 107 were F2A-3s and 20 were B-439s (an export model of the F2A-3 transferred to the Dutch West Indies)."



See also

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Brewster Aeronautical Corporation
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