Bf 109 F-4 (USA)
|This page is about the premium American fighter Bf 109 F-4 (USA). For other uses, see Bf 109 (Family).|
The ▃Bf 109 F-4 is a rank III premium American fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Maximum speed, maneuverability, speed and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 450||< 390||< 450||> 250|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|4,950 m||1,185 hp||1,333 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 60 mm bulletproof glass - armoured windscreen
- 6 mm steel - bulkhead behind cockpit
- 8 mm steel - pilot's seat
- 10 mm steel - pilot's headrest
- Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
The Bf 109 F-4 is armed with:
- 1 x 20 mm MG 151 cannon, nose-mounted (200 rpg)
- 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
Usage in the battles
The BF-109 F-4 represents the pinnacle of the Friedrich line of Messerschmidt. With a powerful engine and decent armament, the F-4 is an extremely powerful fighter in any hands. It is mainly a dogfighter, with a well-rounded mix of good climb rate, speed, manoeuvrability, and weaponry.
As the Bf 109 F-4 USA Premium comes with all upgrades, it is an extremely effective aircraft at purchase. Its main strengths lie in its astounding low-speed/mid-altitude climb rate. Use this to your advantage in a dogfight. Your opponents will be caught off guard when you rocket away at 25 m/s with your WEP. Compared to other aircraft of the 4.3 BR, the F-4 is more than able to take on most enemy aircraft.
Unfortunately, for a premium plane, the F-4 isn't quite so stellar. It is relatively under-gunned, with only one 20mm cannon and two MGs. Pilots must be precise- as the single MG-151 will jam under intensive fire, even though the mods are all equipped.
The F-4 is also only average in its energy retention capabilities. It's redeeming feature for Boom and Zoom is its climb rate. It does have a relatively good turn rate but is also hampered by its lack of good energy retention. Stay in middle altitudes and dive and engage slower fighters. Avoid tangling with extremely manoeuvrable fighters such as the Yaks.
The F-4 performs poorly at high altitude. Do not try to chase planes above 4000-5000 km. In a dive, the F-4's wings will tear relatively quickly. Avoid diving at speeds above 800 km/h.
One could consider the F-4 a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. It has an average-to-good turn rate, decent weaponry, astounding climb rate, and poor energy retention.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable||Controllable||Not controllable||Controllable||Combined||Not ontrollable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 7 mm|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 7 mm MGs|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||Offensive 20 mm|
|IV||Engine Injection||Cover||New 20 mm cannons|
Pros and cons
- It's a Bf 109 (very good rate of climb, very good dive speed).
- It is a Premium aircraft, all modifications are equipped. It can perform better than some other Bf 109s on the battlefield.
- MG 151 that can fire HE shells.
- Decent turn rate.
- No gunpods as the R6 modification is only available for Germans.
- No bombs.
- Poor energy retention.
- Wings tear easily.
- Average for a premium aircraft- nothing unique.
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|USA premium aircraft|
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|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||P-59A · F-86F-35 Sabre · F-89B · F-89D|
|Attackers||XA-38 Grizzly · A2D-1 Skyshark|
|Bombers||B-10B · PV-2D Harpoon · BTD-1 Destroyer · A-26C-45DT · PBM-3 "Mariner"|