|This page is about the gift fighter P-39Q-25 (France). For other versions, see P-39 (Family).|
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".
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 3,049 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 360||< 380||< 450||> 312|
Survivability and armour
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Modifications and economy
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)
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
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|Separate|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- 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
- 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
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|Bell Aircraft Corporation|
|Fighters||P-39N-0 · P-39Q-5|
|P-63A-10 · P-63A-5 · P-63C-5 · ␠Kingcobra|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Bloch||M.B.152C1 · M.B.157|
|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||▄Seafire LF Mk.III · ▄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||▄AD-4NA · F-84F|
|Jet bombers||Vautour IIA IDF/AF · S.O.4050 Vautour IIN|