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The XA-38 Grizzly is a premium rank IV American attacker with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB) and 4.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A.".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 573 m616 km/h
Turn time28 s
Max altitude8 000 m
Engine2 х Wright R-3350-43
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight15 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,573 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 595 574 8000 29.2 30.1 8.7 8.7 700
Upgraded 638 616 26.9 28.0 14.6 11.4


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
714 350 340 340 280 ~7 ~3
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 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

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural714 km/h
Gear350 km/h
  • 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)

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB970 Sl icon.png
RB2 000 Sl icon.png
SB4 300 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts290 000 Sl icon.png
Aces940 Ge icon.png
Research Aces960 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 90 / 160 / 280 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 166 / 166 / 166 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Engine injection
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Offensive armament

Weapon 175 mm M10 cannon
Ammunition20 rounds
Fire rate27 shots/min
Ammunition1 000 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min

The XA-38 is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

Number of setups3
List of setups
Setup 14 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
Setup 24 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
Setup 34 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb

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

Ammunition1000 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: M2 Browning (12.7 mm)

The XA-38 is defended by:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, dorsal turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning 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
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

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.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

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

Beechcraft Aircraft Corporation
Attacker  XA-38

USA attackers
Douglas  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · A2D-1 · AD-2 · AD-4
North American  A-36 · PBJ-1H · PBJ-1J
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 · AV-8A · 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