P-39Q-25 (France)

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This page is about the gift fighter P-39Q-25 (France). For other versions, see P-39 (Family).
▄P-39Q-25
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▄P-39Q-25
AB RB SB
3.3 3.7 3.3
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Description

The ▄P-39Q-25 Airacobra is a premium gift rank III French fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/SB) and 3.7 (RB). It was introduced during Update "Ixwa Strike" as a reward for Battle Pass: Season III, "Strength athletics".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 3 049 m591 km/h
Turn time18 s
Max altitude9 000 m
EngineAllison V-1710-85
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight5 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,049 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 562 547 9000 19.2 20.0 16.0 16.0 269
Upgraded 624 591 17.7 18.0 26.5 20.3

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
0 322 427 397 241 ~12 ~9
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 360 < 380 < 450 > 312

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear322 km/h

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 210 Sl icon.png
RB1 520 Sl icon.png
SB540 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts120 000 Sl icon.png
Aces400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 60 / 170 / 210 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 136 / 136 / 136 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
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Engine
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Mods ammo.png
bmg50_belt_pack
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
FMBC mk.1
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bmg50_new_gun
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m4_belt_pack
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
m4_new_gun

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition30 rounds
Fire rate150 shots/min
Ammunition1 000 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min

The P-39Q-25 (France) is armed with:

  • 1 x 37 mm M4 cannon, nose-mounted (30 rpg)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups1
List of setups
Setup 11 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
(ammunition: 0 rounds)
Main article: AN-M64A1 (500 lb)

The P-39Q-25 (France) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb (500 lb total)

Usage in battles

The best way to play this aircraft is to exploit its respectable low-altitude performance and good turn rate. The engine will start to lose power above 4,000 m. It is best used performing Boom-and-Zoom tactics.

The plane has good energy retention and effective vertical combat capabilities. You can exploit this when you have to fight planes you can't outturn, for example Spitfires, A6Ms and other Japanese fighters. There will be some planes doing vertical manoeuvres better (J2M, BF109), but most likely you can easily beat these kind of enemies when it comes to horizontal dogfighting.

The dive speed is above average, so only use it to escape from light enemies (I-16s, Japanese turnfighters and Spitfires). Any other American plane can out-dive you.

The Airacobra's 37 mm M4 cannon in the nose will jam easily, so never spray or engage in long bursts. Also the M4 has a very low ammo count, together with a short effective range, a low velocity, and is horribly inaccurate. If you want to use the cannon against air targets, your best choice of belt would be the "Default" belt as it is entirely made of HEFI-T* shells, which can tear apart or set on fire any plane in just one hit.

The .50 cal machine guns coming with a sufficient ammo pool (but it can disappear quickly, so dont spray too much). They are getting mid-war belts, so its the best to equip the "Universal" belt as it contains a lot of M8 AP-I rounds. If you feel confident aiming the M2 Brownings, you should take the "Stealth" belt as it has the highest chance to set an enemy plane afire.

In summary, this plane is a solid opponent if used correctly. The plane is equipped to deal with almost enemy planes with its turn rate, its energy retention, its speed, its dive capabilities and its armament.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Deadly armament, 37 mm cannon can tear apart any air target with just one or two hits
  • Backup machine guns are powerful and have a lot of ammunition
  • Very good climb rate; capable of bomber hunting
  • The pilot is relatively well protected
  • Tricycle landing gear allows you to break continuously on the runway without danger of flipping over
  • Great dive characteristics and very high rip speed

Cons:

  • Catches fire easily, like all Airacobras
  • The 37 mm cannon is inaccurate, has a very little ammo pool and rate of fire, suffering from low velocity and slow-travelling shells
  • Turn radius is worse than the P-39N-0, because of the additional weight and drag of the two extra .50 cals
  • Poor high-altitude performance

History

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Media

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Videos

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Bell Aircraft Corporation
Aircraft 
Fighters  P-39N-0 · P-39Q-5
  P-400
  P-63A-10 · P-63A-5 · P-63C-5 · ␠Kingcobra
Jet Fighters  P-59A
Export  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15 · ▄P-39Q-25
  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5 · ▄P-63C-5
Helicopters 
Attack  AH-1F · AH-1G · AH-1Z
Utility  UH-1B · UH-1C · UH-1C XM-30
Export/Licensed  ▅UH-1B · ▀UH-1D
  ▅AH-1S early · ▅AH-1S · ▅AH-1S Kisarazu
See Also  Fuji Heavy Industries

France fighters
Dewoitine  D.371 · D.371 H.S.9 · D.373 · D.500 · D.501 · Pallier's D.510 · D.520
Morane-Saulnier  M.S.405C1 · M.S.406C1 · M.S.410
Arsenal  V.G.33C-1
Bloch  M.B.152C1 · M.B.157
Caudron  C.R.714
Sud-Ouest  S.O.8000 Narval
American  H-75A-1 · H-75A-4 · ▄P-39Q-25 · ▄P-40F-5 Lafayette · ▄P-47D-22-RE · ▄P-63C-5 · ▄F6F-5 · ▄F6F-5N · F4U-7 · ▄F8F-1B
Other countries  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T · NC.900

France premium aircraft
Fighters  D.371 H.S.9 · Pallier's D.510 · ▄P-39Q-25 · ▄P-40F-5 Lafayette · ▄P-47D-22-RE
  M.B.152C1 · ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T · NC.900 · S.O.8000 Narval
Strike aircraft  F-84F
Jet bombers  Vautour IIA IDF/AF