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BTD-1 Destroyer
General characteristics
1 personCrew
9.6 tTake-off weight
2.84 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
7 190 mCeiling
Wright R-3350-14Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
885 km/hStructural
253 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannonWeapon 1
400 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 1
2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 2
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bombSetup 4
2 x Mk.13/44 torpedo (2216 lbs)Setup 5
1 750 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 680/1 400/2 350Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
240 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
700 Ge icon.pngAces
154 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
270 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png180 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage BTD-1.jpg

The BTD-1 Destroyer is a premium rank III American naval bomber with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB) and 4.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.33.

The BTD-1 is a single engine dive bomber and torpedo bomber and can carry a very wide array of explosive ordinance. This plane can be used effectively against both ground and naval targets. "The Destroyer" can reload on either an aircraft carrier or an airfield. It can also be utilized as a bomber hunter, using the air spawn (on non-carrier maps) and it's twin 20mm cannons to shred stray bombers.

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 4,907 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
534 519 7 190 28.2 29.4 7.2 7.0 307
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,907 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
571 553 7 190 25.9 27.0 11.4 9.1 307


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
885 253 380 ~13 ~13
Optimal velocities
< 380 < 370 < 390 > 300
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
610 m 2,250 hp 2,295 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,115 m 1,900 hp 1,900 hp
(WEP has no effect)

Survivability and armour

  • 9.5 mm steel - bulkhead in front of cockpit
  • 9.5 mm steel - behind pilot
  • 38 mm bulletproof glass - armoured windscreen


Offensive armament

Main article: AN/M2 (20 mm)

The BTD-1 is armed with:

  • 2 х 20 mm AN/M2 cannons, wing-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)

Suspended armament

The BTD-1 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • 6 х 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 2 х 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 2 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 2 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 1 х 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb
  • 2 х 2216 lb Mk.13/44 torpedoes

Usage in battles


  • Destruction of the enemy fleet forces.
  • Strikes on bomb targets in swift stealth attacks
  • Strafing of soft ground targets on it's way to the payload target

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator SBC mk.I
II Compressor Airframe TC mk.I
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm MBC mk.I
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons LBC mk.I

Pros and cons


  • Fast for a carrier based bomber.
  • Comparable to the B7A2 in terms of playstyle and roles.
  • Good frontal armament.
  • Great choice of additional armament for it's tier and size.
  • Above average turn rate when at higher altitudes and with less load.
  • Easy to land, especially with the help of air brakes.
  • Can drop bombs both when flying horizontally and when diving.
  • Airframe can withstand high speed dive.
  • Very effective air brakes.
  • All bomb payloads are carried internally.
  • Decent energy retention.
  • Gets an air spawn and can perform a bomber hunting role.
  • Very good SL and RP maker.
  • Can carry 2 torpedoes


  • Less responsive handling at low altitudes.
  • Bombs and torpedoes limit the plane's maneuverability.
  • No Defensive turrets.
  • No bomb sight.
  • Compresses heavily at high speeds, causes many accidents.
  • Negative G maneuvers cause elevator to lose effectiveness for a couple seconds, can cause crashes if performed at ground level.


Only twenty eight aircraft were produced. Production was cancelled due to the surrender of Japan, the plane never saw combat because of this. Notice the offset vertical tail section to counter the torque. It works like a fixed rudder trim.


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

See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
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Dive  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3 · SBD-3 · SB2C-1c · SB2C-4
Torpedo  TBD-1 · PBY-5 Catalina · PBY-5a Catalina · TBF-1C · BTD-1
Medium  B-10B · B-18A · B-34 · PV-2D · B-25J-1 · B-25J-20 · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT
Heavy  B-17E · B-17E/L · B-17G-60-VE · PB4Y-2 · B-24D-25-CO · B-29A-BN
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