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XA-38 Grizzly
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
15.4 tTake-off weight
4.09 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8 000 mCeiling
2 х Wright R-3350-43Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
714 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Offensive armament
75 mm M10 cannonWeapon 1
20 roundsAmmunition
27 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 2
1 000 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun2 х Turret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
4 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 2
4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 3
3 850 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 800/1 300/1 300Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
290 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
166 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
280 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png150 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png90 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage XA-38.jpg

The XA-38 Grizzly is a premium rank IV American attacker with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A.".

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 4,573 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
546 528 8 000 29.5 30.1 7.2 8.7 700
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,573 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
595 569 8 000 26.5 28.0 17.4 11.4 700


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
714 350  281 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities
< 360 < 270 < 400 > 390
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,676 m 2,100 hp 2,268 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,206 m 1,880 hp 2,030 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 9.5 mm steel - in front of the cockpit
  • 7 mm steel - sides of the cockpit
  • 7 mm steel - below the cockpit
  • 12.7 mm steel - pilot's seat
  • 38 mm bulletproof glass - in front of the pilot (inside the cockpit)
  • 7 mm steel - below the rear gunner
  • 9.5 mm steel - aft of rear gunner
  • 38 mm bulletproof glass - aft of rear gunner (inside aircraft)


Offensive armament

The XA-38 is armed with:

  • 1 x 75 mm M10 cannon, nose-mounted (20 rpg)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, chin-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Suspended armament

The XA-38 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (400 lb total)
  • 4 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The XA-38 is defended by:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, ventral turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

When flying the XA-38 Grizzly, do note it can be used as either an interceptor (bomber hunter) or a ground attack/close air support aircraft. It's best to fire your machine guns or your 75 mm cannon separately as they both aim differently.

Bomber Hunter:

When using the XA-38 Grizzly, it can be used as a bomber hunter. The ammo of choice when dealing with enemy bombers is HEI-T 1 single hit from this shell will destroy any bomber (or plane).

Ground Attack/Close Air Support

The XA-38 Grizzly is a great plane for ground pounding. The 75 mm cannon AP-T can reliably destroy pillboxes, medium tanks and light tanks, while the HEI-T can destroy any thinly armoured vehicles.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable Controllable Controllable Separate Controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm Offensive 75 mm Mk.41
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs SBC-25
III Wings repair Engine Turret 12 mm New 75 mm cannons
IV Engine injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) MBC-25
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • Offensive armament:
    • Incredible destructive capabilities of the 75 mm HEI-T shells, will decimate any aerial targets upon contact
    • Fantastic anti-armour capabilities with the AP-T shells. The AP-T shells carry characteristics of APHE shells, minimizing the number of hits on a selected target to destroy them
    • 75 mm M10 cannon has great accuracy at close ranges
    • Can use the two forward-firing .50 calibre machine guns vs. fighter aircraft and light targets
    • Cannon can penetrate destroyers and the lightly armoured sections of cruisers
  • Survivability:
    • Protected from every angle of attack by two .50 calibre machine gun turrets
    • Reasonably fast for an attack aircraft
    • Reasonably manoeuvrable
    • Can tank quite a bit of damage
  • Utility:
    • Can work as a heavy fighter in a pinch
    • Is, in essence, a more manoeuvrable and faster PBJ-1H


  • Offensive armament:
    • 75 mm M10 cannon has a low muzzle velocity
    • 75 mm M10 cannon lacks accuracy for long-range shooting
    • Massive shell drop-off
    • Limited cannon ammunition (20 rounds)
    • Only two .50 calibre machine guns
  • Survivability:
    • Will red-line and compress at ~690-700 kph (~429-435 mph)
    • A single crew member operates the two defensive turrets (will lose all defensive capabilities if the turret operator is knocked out)
    • Will lose a lot of speed in turns
  • Offensive abilities:
    • Terrible manoeuvrability at low speeds
    • Bad climb rate
    • Cannot turn without bleeding too much speed


In December of 1942, the USAAF gave Beech Aircraft Corporation a contract to construct 2 prototypes of their Model 28 Destroyer. The Model 28 started off as a bomber design, but was changed to a ground attack aircraft, in order to replace the A-20 Havoc in service. The design included a 75 mm cannon in order to ensure the plane could destroy armored bunkers and tanks. 20 rounds were carried for the 75 mm cannon. There were also two .50 in Browning machine guns in the nose. There was a ventral and dorsal turret for self defense, with two .50 in Browning machine guns in each. The aircraft carried a crew of two, the pilot and the gunner. The gunner controlled both defensive turrets by remote control, using periscopes to aim. The Model 28, redesignated as the XA-38 Grizzly, started testing in 1944. It was proven to be reliable, and flew well in all regards for an attack aircraft. In addition, the armament was especially powerful and potent. However, the aircraft was never ordered, and never entered service.


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See also

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Beechcraft Aircraft Corporation
Attacker  XA-38

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Other  AM-1 · AU-1 · XA-38

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Twin-engine fighters  XP-38G · Bong's P-38J-15 · P-38K · YP-38 · P-61A-1 · XF5F · XP-50 · F7F-3
Jet fighters  P-59A · F-86F-35 · F-89B · F-89D
Attackers  A2D-1 · AU-1 · XA-38
Bombers  A-26C-45DT · B-10B · BTD-1 · PBM-3 "Mariner" · PV-2D