Beaufighter Mk VIc

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Beaufighter Mk VIc
beaufighter_mk6c.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.3/3.0/3.0BR
2 peopleCrew
7.1 tEmpty weight
10.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 100 mCeiling
sec25.8/25.8/23.7Turn Time
161 km/hStalling speed
2 х Bristol Hercules VIEngine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
676 km/hStructural
242 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm Hispano Mk.I cannonWeapon 1
960 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.7 mm Vickers K machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
950 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
1 х 18 inch Mark XII torpedo (1548 lbs)Setup 1
Economy
9 200 Rp icon.pngResearch
22 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 710 / 2 163/1 700 / 2 150/700 / 885Repair
6 300 Sl icon.pngCrew training
22 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
180 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.18 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the British twin-engine fighter Beaufighter Mk VIc. For other versions, see Beaufighter Mk X and Beaufighter Mk 21.

Description

GarageImage Beaufighter Mk VIc.jpg


The Beaufighter Mk VIc is a rank II British twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB) and 3.3 (SB). This aircraft has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

The Beaufighter Mk 6 is one of the best early-tiered heavy fighters. When its engines and survivability are fully upgraded, it is truly a bomber killer to behold, capable of bringing down any rank 1, 2 or 3 planes with ease. Unfortunately, there are several drawbacks to the amazing power of the 4 x Hispano 20mm cannons. You will normally spawn quite high, so use that to your advantage when attacking enemy planes. The recommended speed of this plane is only around 500 km/h (310 mph). Any higher results in severe and poor handling, making the heavy armament useless if your quarry turns. Therefore, the Beaufighter is not suited for BnZ, but better for head-on and tail-end combat. If you are caught by any single-engine fighter, try to dive and climb. If that does not work, resort to the turret or turning. The high fire rate of the turret makes it especially effective for pilot sniping if you are accurate enough.

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 5,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
516 498 8 100 24.8 25.7 7.3 7.3 371
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
558 536 8 100 22.7 23.7 14.4 10.5 371

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flaps
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
676 242 440 ~8 ~4
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 330 < 390 < 410 > 310
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,447 m 1,400 hp 1,568 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,310 m 1,300 hp 1,456 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 25 mm Steel plate in the nose.
  • 25 mm Steel plate in the fuselage.
  • 1 mm Steel plate behind the engines.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Hispano Mk.I (20 mm)

The Beaufighter Mk VIc is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.I cannons, chin-mounted (240 rpg = 960 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: Mark XII

The Beaufighter Mk VIc can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x 18 inch Mark XII torpedo

Defensive armament

Main article: Vickers K (7.7 mm)

The Beaufighter Mk VIc is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.7 mm Vickers K machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Combined Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) TSC mk.II
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 4 x 20 mm cannons can take down any plane in no time (when aimed properly)
  • Good turn time for a heavy fighter
  • Can take a few hits
  • Has a defensive turret

Cons:

  • Poor acceleration and top speed in level flight
  • Not the best turning and climbing abilities
  • Can't carry bombs, only torpedoes
  • Only has cannons, so the reload time for all the main guns is 40 seconds
  • Cannons also jam quickly unless upgraded
  • Cannons are highly inaccurate unless upgraded

History

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A total of 5,928 Beaufighters were built.

In-game description

"As Britain geared up for war in the late 1930s, it became apparent that the RAF lacked modern fighters, particularly any long range aircraft or night fighters. Bristol had already began work on the Beaufort, itself developed from their earlier Blenheim design, and decided that to develop a long range fighter in as short a time period as possible, it would be quicker to develop an existing design than start a new one. The wings and tail were taken from the Beaufort and, with a new fuselage and two Bristol Hercules engines, the Beaufighter was born.

For use in the maritime theatre, some modifications were designed to patrol coastal areas and escort vessels. The designations of these variants ended with the letter C to indicate that they were used by the Coastal Command. The first modification for Coastal Command appeared in 1940 and had the designation Beaufighter Mk IC; this design included the addition of a maritime radio and navigation equipment. The next model designed for Coastal Command operations was the Mk VIC. After the various interim models had been powered mainly by the Rolls Royce Merlin, the Mk VI returned to the original Bristol Hercules engines. This powerful engine allowed the options of replacing the wing mounted guns with extra fuel tanks for longer range and the addition of bombs or rockets. By the end of 1942, most of the Beaufighter Mk.VICs had been modified to carry torpedoes, and in April 1943 they made their first torpedo attack, sinking two merchant ships off of the Norwegian coast.

A total of 5,928 Beaufighters were built."

Media

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See also

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External links

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Britain strike and twin-engine fighters
Single-engined  Hurricane Mk IV · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P) · ▄Hellcat Mk II
Beaufighter  Beaufighter Mk VIc · Beaufighter Mk X · Beaufighter Mk 21
Naval  Firefly F Mk I · Firefly FR Mk V · Firebrand TF Mk IV
Mosquito  Mosquito FB Mk VI · Mosquito FB Mk XVIII
Whirlwind  Whirlwind Mk I · Whirlwind P.9
  Hornet Mk.III