|This page is about the French heavy bomber PB4Y-2 (France). For other versions, see B-24/PB4Y (Family).|
The ▄PB4Y-2 Privateer is a rank IV French bomber with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/SB) and 5.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".
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 7,620 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)|
|< 200||< 180||< 180||> 300|
Survivability and armour
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of nose gunner.
- 12.7 mm Steel plate in front of nose gunner.
- 9.5 mm Steel plate underneath nose gunner.
- 9.5 mm Steel plates behind pilots.
- Three 9.5 mm Steel plates inside the fuselage.
- 9.5 mm Steel plates behind and under radial engines.
- 12.7 mm Steel plates behind dorsal gunners.
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of beam gunners.
- 9.5 and 6.35 mm Steel plates in front of beam gunners.
- 55 mm Bulletproof glass in front of tail gunner.
- 9.5 mm Steel plate in front of tail gunner.
The PB4Y-2 (France) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- 20 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 8 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (4,000 lb total)
- 4 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (4,000 lb total)
- 8 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (8,000 lb total)
- 4 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bombs (8,000 lb total)
The PB4Y-2 (France) is defended by:
- 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, nose turret (600 rpg = 1,200 total)
- 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, 2 x dorsal turrets (380 rpg = 760 total)
- 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, 2 x beam turrets (400 rpg = 800 total)
- 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, tail turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
Usage in battles
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Manual Engine Control
Auto control available
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|I||Fuselage repair||Radiator||Protective vest||SBC mk.I|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||Turret 12 mm||LBC-24|
|III||Wings repair||Engine||FLBC mk.1|
|IV||Engine injection||Cover||New 12 mm MGs (turret)||LBC-17|
Pros and cons
- Great defensive coverage
- Great defensive armament
- Good payload options when fully upgraded
- Inadequate stock payload options
- Poor climb rate
- Very, very slow, especially when stock
- Tail can break off when landing and can be easily shot off
- Low dive limit and turn limit
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|Consolidated Aircraft Corporation|
|Bombers||PBY-5 Catalina · PBY-5a Catalina|
|Export||▄Catalina Mk IIIa · ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ␗PB4Y-2 · ▄PB4Y-2|
|Farman||F.222.2 · N.C.223.3|
|Liore et Olivier||LeO 451 early · LeO 451 late|
|Bloch||M.B.174A-3 · M.B.162 · M.B.175T|
|American||V-156-F · Martin 167-A3 · ▄A-35B · ▄SB2C-5 · ▄PB4Y-2|