XF5F

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XF5F Skyrocket
xf5f.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.7/2.7/3.0BR
1 personCrew
4.2 tEmpty weight
5.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
10 400 mCeiling
sec19.5/19.5/19.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
2 х Wright Cyclone R-1820-40Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
722 km/hStructural
370 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
400 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.62 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 2
1 000 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
Economy
Sl icon.png6 768/7 290/2 760Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
310 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
700 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.54 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage XF5F.jpg


The XF5F Skyrocket is a premium rank III American fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB) and 2.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.37.

The XF5F Skyrocket is an oddity. Its lightweight coupled with the underwhelming armament aren't what you'd expect from a twin-engine fighter, but so is its manoeuverability. Indeed, it is among the most agile twin engine plane out there, coupled with the low weight and its two power plants, makes for a unique flying style. The Skyrocket's primary role is going to be Boom and Zoom ; the climb is pretty good, and so is the energy retention if you stay under 550 kph and opt for smooth, moderate turns. However, the lack of heavy armament means that you will have to keep your guns on target longer in order to achieve consistent damage. Such opportunity comes when the enemy is low on speed and unsuspecting; for example at the top of a loop, or in a sustained turn fight with an ally plane. Be cautious as you go past 600 kph however, as it locks up, similar to the XP-50's high speed compression. Overall, the XF5F is a plane that favors high alt, medium speed engagements, where it is safe from crashing in the ground and has room to maneuver.

If need be, you can push the XF5F into a more aggressive energy fighter, similar to the Bf 109's, where looping back on the enemy while holding superior speed and altitude allows to extinguish the energy little by little. The responsive roll and pull, coupled to the effective combat flaps and engine throttle management and acceleration, allows for some nifty dogfight against heavier planes that believe to hold an easy prey. Keep in mind however that the engine will overheat badly at low altitude and even more so at around 2,800m due to the supercharger setting in. Temperature isn't nearly as critical at higher altitude (around 12K ft) where fresh air will cool your motor apparatus quickly. Alternatively, you may manually set the radiators to ~40% water/20% oil for continuous 100% engine power.

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.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,800 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
611 546 10 400 19.9 20.6 22.7 18.9 180
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,800 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
642 576 10 400 18.2 19.0 27.4 20.3 180

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
722 370 487 ~10 ~8
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 350 < 400 < 350 > 320
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,200-5,000 m 1,200 hp N/A
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,200-9,000 m 1,120 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

  • 9.5 mm Steel plate in nose
  • 9.5 mm Steel plate behind pilot

Armaments

Offensive armament

The XF5F is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm Browning machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

Exploiting the opponent's weakness while relying on a fast straight-line acceleration for escapes out of an unfavorable situation.

Especially energy fighters (Bf 109/C.205/La-5) trying to out turn a twin-engine plane can be lured into stall-speed turn fights and intercepted during their subsequent speed recovery.

Single engagements at low altitude are optimal thanks to fast acceleration trumping dive speed and climb.

Engagements with multiple opponents are to be avoided, since the XF5F needs a substantially longer time to effectively engage and eliminate a target.

In Realistic Battle and Simulator Battle, the stiff opposition, in form of Bf 109 G-2s, Fw 190As, Yak-9Ts, Yak-3, and La-5FN will give you a serious run for your money. Always make sure you hold the energy advantage at all time and pick your fights with care.

Countering an XF5F could include out-diving or -stalling with horizontal maneuvers followed up by a steep ascend; exploiting its weak energy retention and sluggishness at low speeds. Another tactic is to force the XF5F into a head on attack. Since it's not very well armed, chances are it will lose, unless it manages to accurately snipe from a distance or dodges the head-on.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 12 mm
IV Cover New 12 mm MGs
  • As a gift plane, all modules are researched from the get-go.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Telescopic sight for RB/SB
  • Good maneuverability overall
  • Superb turn time
  • Nose mounted armament
  • Can fly on a single engine, albeit not for long
  • Does not have an arrestor hook, however can land on carrier for repair/rearm

Cons:

  • Weak armament
  • Compresses hard after 600 kph
  • Horrible energy retention
  • Big size, easy target
  • Big fragile engines
  • Engine overheats fast
  • Somewhat underwhelming climb rate
  • Terrible high altitude performance
  • No WEP in RB/SB

History

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Obtainable events

Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


USA twin-engine fighters
P-38  XP-38G · P-38E Lightning · P-38G-1 Lightning · P-38J-15 Lightning · Richard Bong's P-38J-15 Lightning · P-38L-5-LO Lightning · P-38K Lightning
P-61  P-61A-1 · P-61C-1
F7F  F7F-1 Tigercat · F7F-3 Tigercat
Other  XF5F Skyrocket · XP-50 · F-82E Twin Mustang

USA premium aircraft
Light fighters  P-26A-34 Peashooter · ▃Ki-43-II Hayabusa
  Galer's F3F-2 · John Thach's F2A-1 Buffalo · P-40C Warhawk · P-43A-1 · P-51A (Thunder League) · ▃Ki-61-Ib Hien
Fighters  ▃A6M2 Reisen · XP-55 Ascender · ▃Bf 109 F-4 · Wetmore's P-51D-10 Mustang · P-51D-20-NA Mustang
  ▃Fw 190 A-8 · F4U-4B VMF-214 · Bostwick's P-47M-1-RE Thunderbolt · ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc
Twin-engine fighters  XP-38G · XF5F Skyrocket · P-61A-1 · XP-50 · Richard Bong's P-38J-15 Lightning · P-38K Lightning · F7F-3 Tigercat
Jets  F-86F-35 Sabre
Attackers  XA-38 Grizzly
Bombers  B-10B · PV-2D Harpoon · BTD-1 Destroyer · A-26C-45DT · PBM-3 "Mariner"