Firefly F Mk I

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This page is about the British strike aircraft Firefly F Mk I. For the other version, see Firefly FR Mk V. For other uses, see Firefly (Disambiguation).
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Firefly F Mk I
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Description

The Firefly F Mk I is a rank III British strike aircraft with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB) and 4.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory".

Within War Thunder, the Firefly F Mk I is a Rank III aircraft situated early on in the Fleet Air Arm line. The distinctive feature of the Firefly Mk I is its characteristic chin radiator that supports the powerful Rolls-Royce Griffon engine, later variants of which can also be seen on the late model Spitfires and Seafire. The aircraft is one of the first examples of a 4 cannon fighter aircraft available to pilots and boasts an impressive array of external weaponry to complement this.

Its 4 x 20mm Hispano Mk II cannons carry 160 rounds per gun for a total capacity of 640 rounds. This allows pilots of the Firefly to have more opportunities to attack enemy aircraft or ground targets with its guns. However, trigger discipline should still be practised in order to get the most out of it when it is being operated solely as a fighter. The Firefly can also mount 2 x 250 lb, 2 x 500 lb or 2 x 1,000 lb bombs with one under each wing. The final weapon upgrade, "HRC mk.8", allows for the installation of 8 x 76mm RP-3 rockets, further boosting its ground attack capabilities.

The Firefly often struggles in initial climbing due to the heavy weight and large size of the aircraft. Once engaged, however, the Firefly's "Ace" combat advantage is its exceptional two stage combat flaps. Unlike most aircraft where the flap simply deploys from the wing, the Firefly's flaps actually swing back to enlarge the wing surface as a whole and create much more lift. This allows it to turn exceptionally well at low speeds without external ordnance attached and makes landings very simple to perform even on carriers. Coupled with a wide track and durable undercarriage, the Firefly rounds off to be a very forgiving aircraft to fly.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Max speed
at 4 572 m508 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude10 050 m
EngineRolls-Royce Griffon-2
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight9 t

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 4,572 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 486 470 10050 22.2 23.1 10.0 10.0 480
Upgraded 533 508 19.9 21.0 16.1 12.7

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
720 270 600 326 242 ~10 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 321 < 400 < 410 > 316
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,980 m 1,510 hp 1,784 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,350 m 1,370 hp 1,603 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural720 km/h
Gear270 km/h
  • 42.8 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 200 → 1 540 Sl icon.png
RB2 400 → 3 081 Sl icon.png
SB2 100 → 2 696 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications19 560 Rp icon.png
43 600 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost980 Ge icon.png
Crew training22 000 Sl icon.png
Experts77 000 Sl icon.png
Aces400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces280 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
50 / 140 / 370 % Sl icon.png
136 / 136 / 136 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
990 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 200 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
990 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 200 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
1 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 400 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
1 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 700 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
1 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 700 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
1 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 600 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
1 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 400 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
1 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 600 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
hispano_belt_pack
Research:
990 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 200 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
HSBC mk.2
Research:
990 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 200 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
hispano_mk2_new_gun
Research:
1 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 400 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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HMBC mk.2
Research:
1 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 400 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Mk.II year 1942
Research:
1 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 700 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
HLBC mk.2
Research:
1 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 700 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods gun camora mod.png
Mk.II year 1943
Research:
1 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 600 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
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HRC mk.8
Research:
1 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 600 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition640 rounds
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)

The Firefly F Mk I is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (175 rpg outer + 145 rpg inner = 640 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups4
List of setups
Setup 12 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 22 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 32 x 1000 lb M.C. Mk.I bomb
Setup 48 x RP-3 rockets

The Firefly F Mk I can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (500 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb M.C. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 8 x RP-3 rockets

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano cannons as its armament
  • Reasonably manoeuvrable
  • Heavy bomb loads (up to 2 x 1,000 lbs)
  • Exceptionally large flaps grants the plane the ability to fly at unusually low speeds and still be able to manoeuvre

Cons:

  • Rather slow
  • Large target for a single-engine fighter
  • Cannons overheat quickly when stock
  • Lousy climb rate
  • Poor manoeuvrability and generally easy prey for other fighters
  • Fragile tailplane, often gets damaged causing pilot to lose control

History

The Firefly originated as a replacement for both the Blackburn Skua and Fairey Fulmar designs. The tried and tested the concept of having two crew, a pilot and an observer, proved to be effective for long-range missions where the aircraft would be airborne for an extended period of time. However, the origins of this crew composition were far less well thought out as some of its other features; the late inter-war period saw the British Admiralty insist on two crew members for any naval aircraft other than those intended for point defence, as it was felt that the complexities of over-sea navigation were too complicated for a pilot to carry out whilst simultaneously controlling the aircraft. This would, however, limit the performance of the aircraft due to the extra weight and size. First taking to the skies in 1941, the Firefly had an impressive 4 x 20 mm cannons; a massive improvement over the Fulmar's 8 x 0.303 inch (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns. The first model was to use a Rolls-Royce Griffon IIB engine that was a significant boost over the Fulmar's Rolls-Royce Merlin.

Early on, the Firefly had a rough start before finally reaching naval squadrons in 1943 and becoming fully operational in 1944. As well as taking part on the Tirpitz attacks - providing cover and support - the aircraft mainly served with the British Pacific Fleet. Proving its worth in this theatre of operation, the Firefly continued in service and was refined in later models to greatly improve the performance. Fireflies of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm would once again see service over the skies of Korea in 1950 alongside Seafires and Sea Furies before finally being retired in 1956 after a lengthy career. The Firefly would also serve with several other navies including the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Netherlands Navy and Royal Australian Navy to name only a few. The Firefly would ultimately bow out of service well into the age of jets to be replaced with this new breed of naval aircraft and another Fairey designed aircraft, the Gannet.

In-game description

The Fairey Aviation Company had a long and successful relationship with the British Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, perhaps best summed up by test pilot Captain Eric Brown who described their aircraft as supremely versatile, reliable and possessing fine handling qualities, performance and firepower. The Firefly would be no different.

Working under chief designer HE Chaplin, the Fairey team set about answering the call to Naval Spec N.5/40 for a fast, two seat shipborne fighter. The Fairey team had already gained much experience with the successful Fulmar, and had a good basis to work from; however, the Fulmar's Merlin was replaced with the superior Griffon engine and a more advanced, elliptical wing design was adopted, housing an impressive punch of four 20mm Hispano cannon. Further design features included the Youngman area-increasing wing flap. The Firefly was a completely new aircraft rather than an improved Fulmar and was designed from the outset as a true multi-role aircraft with ground strike capabilities. The first prototype was flown successfully in December 1941.

A true pilot's aircraft, the Firefly handled well, was notably robust, capable of speeds of 319 mph at 17,000 feet and was a good deck lander, although the pilot's view on final approach was poorer than its predecessor. It also had a range of nearly 1100 miles and could carry eight 60 lb rockets or two 1000 lb bombs in addition to its impressive firepower.

After a further period of testing and consolidation which led to the adoption of a horn balanced rudder and metal ailerons, an order for 200 Firefly I aircraft was placed and the first examples rolled off the production line in March 1943. After carrier trials in July, 1770 Naval Air Squadron was formed as the first Firefly squadron at RNAS Yeovilton in October 1943. Fireflies acquitted themselves well in their part in the series of strikes against the German battleship Tirpitz and in anti-shipping sorties in the ETO, but it would be in the Far East that the new fighter/strike aircraft would prove its worth. Playing not only an integral role in the ground attack elements of the famous Palembang raids, the Firefly also accounted for three Japanese fighters destroyed in air-to-air combat. Some 800 Firefly I's were built and continued to serve with distinction until the end of the war, but further advances in the design meant that the end of the war was certainly not the end of the Firefly's story.

Media

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See also

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External links


Fairey Aviation Company, Limited
Fighters  Firefly F Mk I · Firefly FR Mk V
Bombers  Swordfish Mk I · Swordfish Mk II

Britain strike aircraft
Blackburn  Firebrand TF Mk IV · Firecrest
Bristol  Beaufighter Mk VIc · Beaufighter Mk X · Beaufighter Mk 21
CAC  ▄Wirraway
Fairey  Firefly F Mk I · Firefly FR Mk V
de Havilland  Mosquito FB Mk VI · Mosquito FB Mk XVIII
Hawker  Hurricane Mk IV · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)
Westland  Wyvern S4