1 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 4
1 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 6
|This page is about the naval fighter F8F-1B (France). For other versions, see F8F-1 and F8F-1B.|
The ▄F8F-1B Bearcat is a rank IV French naval fighter with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".
|Max Speed (km/h at 4,268 m)|| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,268 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
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|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
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Survivability and armour
- 60 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot.
- 9.5 mm Steel plates on pilot's seat.
The F8F-1B (France) is armed with:
- 4 x 20 mm AN/M3 cannon, wing-mounted (188 outer + 225 inner rpg each wing = 826 total)
The four machine guns are arranged in bundles of two mounted in each wing. Each machine gun bundle are armed with 188 rounds of ammunition in one cannon and 225 rounds in the other, which means that two guns (one in each wing) will run out of ammo before the other two if fired until empty.
The F8F-1B (France) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 4 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, suspended (340 rpg = 1360 total)
- 2 x Tiny Tim rockets
- 4 x HVAR rockets
- 4 x HVAR rockets + 1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
- 1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
- 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
- 3 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
Usage in battles
In Arcade battles the F8F-1B can perform at its prime, which is, accordingly, remarkably. Due to the lack of damage due to overheating and such, the F8F-1B can easily outstrip any piston-engined fighter in a climb once upgraded. Prior to the engine-injection upgrade, the 1B performs very well, but not as sublimely as it does with the latter modification. Thus, climbing and BnZ match perfectly with the F8F-1B in AB due to its astounding climb rate, speed, acceleration, and weaponry.
Regarding weaponry, fire in very short bursts with the M3 20mm because they will jam rather quickly. The most ideal belt is Air Targets, as the belt has - together with the stealth belt, but the Air Targets belt has instead of a practice shell an API-T shell - the most HEF-I shells.
In RB, the F8F-1B is a monster. It possesses a fantastic climb rate, roll rate, high-capacity armament, and flight performance. Top speed and level speed are top notch in this aircraft, as is the dive-speed tolerance (~800 kph). Unfortunately, this power comes at a great price. Called the "Ovencat" by some players, the F8F-1B's engine will overheat in less than a minute while utilizing WEP. It is not recommended for any pilot to use WEP UNTIL unlocking the "Radiator" modification!. Therefore, always side-climb at the beginning of a match as the 1B needs all the energy it can get, especially when facing opponents such as the FW-190 D which can out-climb an F8F-1B in continuous climb due to the lower thermal restraints of its Junkers engine.
The F8F-1B suffers at altitudes over 6,500 m. Below that, of course, utilize Boom & Zoom as your main tactic. Acceleration is magnificent as is dive speed. You will find it rather difficult to rip your wings in a dive. Careful not to push the Bearcat too far, though, as rolling manoeuvres and fast-paced moves can easily rip its wings.
The M3 20 mm cannons have an extremely fast fire rate and thus may drain your ammunition storage rather quickly. However, the massive 826 round storage should be plenty for quite a lot of battling in the skies!
The F8F-1B can also be used as an effective fighter-bomber. It can carry a large payload of Tiny Tims, bombs, and assorted rockets, making it an effective attacker.
Turning is not recommended in RB due to the 1B's mediocre turn rate.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||DGP-1||Offensive 12 mm|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||FRC mk.2||New 12 mm MGs|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||LFRC mk.12||Offensive 20 mm|
|IV||G-Suit||Engine Injection||Cover||FLBC mk.1||New 20 mm Cannons|
Pros and cons
- Excellent dive speed
- Good maneuverability in moderate to high speeds
- Fast acceleration
- Can support high G's in sharp turns and has a G-suit upgrade available
- Powerful armament, high ammo count
- Great roll rate compared to planes such as the BF-109
- Respectable climb rate up to 5 km
- Excellent bomb capacity
- Engine overheats when not using MEC
- Lackluster engine performance above 5 km
- AN/M3 cannons jam in barely three seconds unless it's modified
- Ground loops if landing with full brakes
- Sluggish controls at speeds less than 300 km/h
- Dumps velocity in high-G turns
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