Firecrest

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Firecrest
b_48_firecrest.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.3/3.3/3.3BR
1 personCrew
7.6 tTake-off weight
1.73 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10 975 mCeiling
Bristol Centaurus IXEngine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
750 km/hStructural
360 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm M3 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
600 roundsAmmunition
1 200 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
1 x 18 inch Mark XV torpedo (1801 lbs)Setup 2
8 x RP-3 rocketsSetup 3
Economy
180 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 300 / 2 886/2 720 / 3 413/1 290 / 1 618Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
142 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
550 % Sl icon.png340 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage Firecrest.jpg


The Firecrest is a squadron rank III British fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy" as one of the first Squadron vehicles.

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.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,791 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 587 568 10 975 24.1 25.0 15.4 15.4 300
Upgraded 636 608 21.9 23.0 23.6 19.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
750 360 430 430 272 ~10 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 460 < 450 < 450 > 330
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,280 m 2,580 hp 2,895 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,980 m 2,310 hp 2,587 hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armor protection is present

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: M3 Browning (12.7 mm)

The Firecrest is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm M3 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)

Suspended armament

The Firecrest can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 450 mm (18 inch) Mark XV torpedo
  • 8 x RP-3 rockets

Usage in battles

The Firecrest is an experimental torpedo bomber with average capacities. It has low anti-air effectiveness in air Arcade battles due to rather clumsy maneuvering and no armor protection. A good pilot is needed to fully exploit the handy machine guns this plane owns. It has a place in tank Realistic Battles, thanks to its payload capacities and the extremely powerful 8x RP-3 rockets. However its best place in Naval Battles, where you can engage more freely in wider spaces and make use of your full ordnance capacities (once the Mark XV torpedo is unlocked for use). Due to the lackluster firepower when stock , one of the recommended ways to gain the necessary research points for unlocking modules is to simply attack AI targets like artillery and trucks, then tanks as the 500 lb bombs are unlocked prior to the torpedoes.

Naval Battles

Once the torpedoes are unlocked, the Firecrest performs similarly to other torpedo bombers of the rank. One of the outstanding traits is in its high survivability that can help in destroying one target if the tactics are played to the plane's strength (Good roll perfect for low altitude fly). Aim towards destroyer or cruiser as they are larger targets that are easier to hit and prioritize the vessels that are threatening allies on the seas. However, try to ensure the enemy ship is occupied with attacking surface targets so that their anti-air armament is not focused on the Firecrest to allow for some breathing room to position for an attack run.

Encounter mode proves to be one of the best for this plane. Here will be possible to infiltrate by the sides at low level flight behind the enemies to the cargo ships, and release a torpedo from a safe distance. Always keeping in mind the torpedo drop requirements and the target. You can risk a bit more if you equip bombs, but a tactic that might also work its to skip the bombs to the cargo ship swiftly retreating in the same direction, in a tactic that is known as Skip bombing.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator HMBC mk.2
II Compressor Airframe Offensive 12 mm FTC mk.IV
III Wings repair Engine HRC mk.8
IV Engine injection Cover New 12 mm MGs

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High rate of fire of M3 Browning provides adequate damage output
  • Good top speed overall
  • Respectably durable
  • Has RP-3s against ground targets
  • Good all altitude performance
  • Excellent high speed control
  • Has airbrakes

Cons:

  • Not very manoeuvrable, especially at low speeds
  • Only 2 machine guns which means very limited firepower; trigger discipline is needed
  • Limited payload options
  • Large engine is vulnerable to incoming fire
  • No armor, not recommended to engage bombers

History

The Blackburn Firecrest was a British Torpedo Strike Fighter, derived from the earlier Blackburn Firebrand but designed from the outset as a torpedo strike fighter. Designed to the S.28/43 specification set by the Admiralty on February 26th 1943 for a 'Firebrand Torpedo Fighter with improved wing and improved pilot view', the Firecrest was designed with a number of issues of the Firebrand in mind. Specifically, effort was done to produce a type which had improved forward visibility to facilitate deck landings, and which had better lateral control at landing speeds. The design specification also called for the Firecrest to be powered by a Bristol Centaurus 77 engine powering a contra-rotating propeller.

Early on during its design, the Admiralty also ordered three prototypes which would have been driven by the Napier E.122 24-cylinder H-block engine, a 3500 hp development of the Napier Sabre used on the original Firebrand. However, it was soon found that in order to maintain an acceptable center of gravity, the heavy Napier engine would have to be installed behind the cockpit, which would require an extensive redesign and add considerable weight to the aircraft. As a result, the Napier E.122 powered variant was cancelled in October of 1945 before metal was cut on any of their prototypes. Just before completion of the design, the Centaurus 77 variant with its contra-rotating propeller was cancelled in January of 1946, and it was replaced by a 2,825 hp Centaurus 57 with a conventional five-bladed propeller. The first of three completed prototypes of the Firecrest flew on April 1st 1947.

The Firecrest differed from the Firebrand in having a cockpit that was set higher and more forward than that of the Firebrand, which combined with a shortened nose did improve the forward visibility during deck landing. A redesigned inverted gull wing conceptually not unlike that of the Vought Corsair did much to improve the type's low speed handling and take off characteristics: even at full weight, take-off was possible in just under 430 ft with a 29 mph headwind; it's landing run was an impressive 390 ft with a 5 mph headwind. With its conventional five-bladed propeller, the Firecrest's top speed lay at 380 mph, some 38 mph faster than the Firebrand despite weighing slightly more. Unlike the Firebrand which used hand-folded wings, the Firecrest had power-assisted folding wings with a double fold.

However, it soon became apparent that the Firecrest was even more sluggish in handling than the Firebrand, that the design in itself did not give any distinct advantages over the Firebrand or the newly developed Westland Wyvern, and that it was less versatile than types such as the Fairey Firefly or Hawker Sea Fury. As a result, all development work on the Firecrest ceased in September of 1947, with the second prototype only being used for structural testing, and the third prototype used to test the power-boosted ailerons which were eventually fitted to the Firebrand TF.5A. All three prototypes were bought back by Blackburn in 1950, and scrapped in 1952.

Media

Videos
Squadron Vehicles discusses the Firecrest at 02:10 - War Thunder Official Channel

See also

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Blakburn Aircraft Limited
Fighters  Firebrand TF Mk IV · Firecrest

Britain fighters
Fury  Fury Mk I · Fury Mk II
Nimrod  Nimrod Mk I · Nimrod Mk II
Gladiator  Gladiator Mk II · Tuck's Gladiator Mk II · Gladiator Mk IIF · Gladiator Mk IIS
Sea Gladiator  Sea Gladiator Mk I
Hurricane  Hurricane Mk I/L · Hurricane Mk IIB/Trop · Hurricane Mk IV
Sea Hurricane  Sea Hurricane Mk IB · Sea Hurricane Mk IC
Spitfire (early-Merlin)  Spitfire Mk Ia · Spitfire Mk IIa · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire Mk IIb · Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · Spitfire Mk Vb · Spitfire Mk Vc/trop · Spitfire Mk Vc
Spitfire (late-Merlin)  Spitfire F  Mk IX · Spitfire LF Mk IX · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XVI
Spitfire (Griffon)  Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire F Mk XIVe · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe · Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe · Spitfire F Mk 22 · Spitfire F Mk 24
Seafire  Seafire F Mk XVII · Seafire FR 47
Typhoon  Typhoon Mk Ia · Typhoon Mk Ib · Typhoon Mk Ib/L
Tempest  Tempest Mk II · Tempest Mk V · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)
Sea Fury  Sea Fury FB 11
Other  MB.5 · Firecrest · Wyvern S4
Foreign aircraft  Australia: ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II
  France: ▄D.520 · ▄D.521
  USA: ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Mustang Mk IA · ▄Corsair F Mk II · Martlet Mk IV

Britain squadron aircraft
Firecrest