Venom FB.4

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Venom FB.4
General characteristics
1 personCrew
4.1 tEmpty weight
7.1 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
12 192 mCeiling
sec22.0/22.0/0.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
de Haviland Ghost-103Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
1 045 km/hStructural
420 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannonWeapon 1
600 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 х 1000 LB G.P. Mk.I bombSetup 1
2 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
4 х RP-3 rockets
4 х RP-3 rockets
Setup 3
2 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
4 х RP-3 rockets
4 х RP-3 rockets
Setup 4
170 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
550 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 300 / 6 895/7 180 / 9 341/3 910 / 5 086Repair
160 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
550 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 000 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.08 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the British jet fighter Venom FB.4. For the naval variant, see Sea Venom FAW 20.


GarageImage Venom FB.4.jpg

The Venom FB.4 is a rank V British jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.43.

Naturally, the Venom follows the basic principles of jet combat. It must keep its speed, turn when necessary, the pilot should avoid speed costly manoeuvres and prefer lag-displacement manoeuvres to any sort of deceleration manoeuvre, unless in critical situations in which the method of energy loss should never be shutting the engine off - instead, utilize the Venom's air brakes.

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.

Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
1,013 999 12 192 22.2 23.5 28.2 26.1 850
Max Speed
(km/h at 0 m - sea level)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ???  ??? 12 192  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 850


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
1 045 420 520 ~10 ~5
Optimal velocities
< 650 < 640 < 640 N/A
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,000 m 1,224 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Armored plate behind the pilot
  • 3 mm Steel - Armored plate under the engine


Offensive armament

Main article: Hispano Mk.V (20 mm)

The Venom FB.4 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannons, chin-mounted (150 rpg = 600 total)

Suspended armament

The Venom FB.4 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 1,000 lb G.P. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 8 x RP-3 rockets
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs + 8 x RP-3 rockets (1,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

The Venom's play style should be a healthy mix of the two dominating ways of flying jet fighters. The Venom is a fast aircraft, and keeping it fast is important in order to keep up with enemies and to have enough energy to sustain manoeuvres - it should be noted that the Venom is impossible to rip from G's, at least without a very strong effort to do so, so the Venom is indeed a good high-speed performer. However, it does not best either the MiG-15bis or the F-86F-2 in level flight. Therefore, speed alone cannot be relied on for fighting top-tier jets.

On the other hand, the impressive thrust-to-weight ratio of the Venom's engine means that pilots should use its sustained rate of climb as an advantage. When fighting Soviet opposition - mostly MiG-15s, the advantage in rate of climb falls in relevance, since that is one of the MiG's great trump cards. However, Venom pilots should always climb a bit instead of "mowing the lawn". 600 to 800 km/h is a good range of speed to climb into the battlefield, maintaining airspeed, yet gaining altitude and opening the range of opportunities to engage.

Venom pilots should avoid being alone - in fact, the Venom can excel at baiting enemies and/or making them lose energy, leaving them vulnerable to engagement by allied fighters. The fact that the Venom is not the fastest of top-tier jets means that being alone vs two or more enemies requires a multitude of defensive manoeuvres (the Venom excels at lag displacement rolls aka. barrel rolls) to come out alive. Sometimes, all it takes is a barrel roll to get behind an enemy and shoot it down, but against multiple opponents that think before manoeuvring, being alone can spell disaster.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Offensive 20 mm
II New boosters Compressor Airframe GLBC mk.3
III Wings repair Engine New 20 mm cannons
IV G-suit Cover GRC mk.8

Pros and cons


  • Very manoeuvrable for a top jet, comparable to the Meteor Mk 8 with a better roll rate
  • Good sustained climb rate, capable of catching up to Me 163s in a sustained climb
  • Stable gun platform
  • Better cockpit visibility than the Vampire by a bit, depending on your preference it may be the second best to the Hawker Hunter


  • Inefficient air brakes
  • Tail strikes on take-off and landings may be devastating
  • Reaches wing-ripping G-forces easily (+12 G)
  • Reaches G-LOC easily thanks to manoeuvrability


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In-game description

The de Havilland DH112 Venom was a single engine jet fighter which entered service with the Royal Air Force in 1952. Initially developed as a private venture with plans for the export market, the Venom was a direct successor to the de Havilland Vampire and shared the earlier fighter’s twin tail boom design and composite structure. However, the Venom was fitted with a more powerful de Havilland Ghost jet engine which had begun testing as early as 1944 and had a new, thinner wing. The aircraft was armed with four 20mm Hispano cannon and provisions for up to 2000 lbs of bombs or eight 60 lb rockets.

A prototype first flew on September 2nd 1949 and after a successful period of testing, the first production model Venoms to enter service were the FB1, equipping No.11 Squadron based in Germany in August 1952. A two-seat night fighter variant equipped with radar - the NF2 - entered service with No.23 Squadron at Coltishall in November 1953. After a maiden test flight on 29th December 1953, the Venom FB4 variant entered service with the RAF in 1955. Featuring a modified tailplane, an improved de Havilland Ghost 105 jet engine rated at 5150 lbf and an ejector seat, some 250 were manufactured. This was the final land based version of the aircraft to see service in Britain, although variants of the Sea Venom continued to serve in the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm.

RAF Venom FB4s of Nos 6, 8 and 249 Squadrons operating out of Akrotiri in Cyprus flew alongside Royal Navy Sea Venoms in the Suez Crisis of 1956. Venoms were mainly used in the strike role, attacking Egyptian airfields and shipping. Further conflicts where the Venom saw operational use included Malaya, Aden, Oman and Kenya, as well as part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force based in Germany.

Although the Venom’s performance built considerably on that of the Vampire it was still, in effect, a first generation jet fighter and was largely outperformed by contemporaries such as the F86 Sabre or MiG 15. The last RAF Venoms were retired in 1962, although export variants were also used by Sweden, Venezuela, Iraq, Australia and Switzerland – the final Swiss Venoms were not retired until 1983.


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See also

External links

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Britain jet aircraft
Gloster  Meteor F Mk 3 · Meteor F Mk 4 type G.41F · Meteor F Mk 4 type G.41G · Meteor F Mk 8 G.41K · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper · Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9
de Havilland  Vampire FB 5 · Venom FB.4
Hawker  Hunter F 1 · Hunter F.6
Naval  Attacker FB 1 · Sea Venom FAW 20 · Sea Meteor F Mk 3 · Sea Hawk FGA.6
Bombers  Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6