The D.500 is a Rank I French fighter with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".
The D.500 is an all-metal mono-wing French aircraft with an open cockpit and fixed landing gear being built all through the mid-1930s. This fighter was France’s primary fighter aircraft until the Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 fighter replaced it in 1939. When playing Simulator Battle (or Arcade and Realistic Battle in cockpit view), this aircraft offers excellent visibility only really limiting visibility where the wings protrude out of the fuselage. This aircraft boasts 1,200 rounds of ammunition split between four machine guns which can do severe damage especially when an adjusted gun convergence is between 150 and 350 meters.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 5,000 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|
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|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
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Survivability and armour
- 3 mm Steel plate behind engine.
- 3 mm Steel plate on pilot's seat.
The D.500 is armed with:
- 2 x 7.5 mm Darne 1933 machine guns (300 rpg = 600 total)
- 2 x 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine guns (300 rpg = 600 total)
The four machine guns are arranged with the two Darne 1933 guns mounted in the nose and the two MAC 1934 guns mounted under on the underside of the wing. Each are armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire with each other until empty.
Usage in the battles
The D.500 is a good beginner aircraft for newer pilots. This airplane in the French tech tree is only one of two non-biplane aircraft offered as a reserve aircraft; the P-26 Peashooter being the other. This aircraft is an excellent aircraft for in-close fighting. Bringing in the gun convergence between 150 and 350 meters and then targeting an enemy fighter/bomber aircraft within that range or closer will allow for all four guns to do the most damage along with potentially setting alight the enemy vehicle. This aircraft can switch between attacking aircraft and ground vehicles with no problems as it is still quite maneuverable at lower speeds and altitudes. Long continued bursts from the guns can quickly lead to the machine guns jamming, instead, utilize short controlled bursts which should allow you to avoid that. In Arcade Battle, the relatively short ammunition reload rate (~10 seconds) will have you back in action fairly quickly.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
|Controllable||Not controllable||Combined||Controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 7 mm|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||New 7 mm MGs|
Pros and cons
- Very maneuverable.
- Speed is adequate.
- Guns are powerful at the rank.
- Short gun convergence (250-350m) chews up aircraft at short ranges.
- Low speed limit.
- While not the fastest, usually not an issue.
- No flaps and gear permanently extended.
- Open cockpit means enemy rounds can potentially snipe the pilot.
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|Dewoitine||D.371 · D.371 H.S.9 · D.373 · D.500 · D.501 · Pallier's D.510 · D.520|
|Morane-Saulnier||M.S.405C1 · M.S.406C1 · M.S.410|
|Arsenal||V.G.33C-1 · VB.10C-1 · VB.10-02|
|Twin-engine||Potez 630 · Potez 631 · S.O.8000 Narval|
|American||H-75A-1 · H-75A-4 · ▄F6F-5 Hellcat · ▄F6F-5N · ▄P-63C-5 Kingcobra · F4U-7 Corsair · ▄F8F-1B Bearcat|
|Other countries||▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T · NC.900|