D.500

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D.500
d_500.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.0/1.0/1.0BR
FighterClass
1 personCrew
1.4 tEmpty weight
1.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
9 000 mCeiling
sec18.5/18.5/0.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Hispano-Suiza 12XbrsEngine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
576 km/hStructural
577 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 7.5 mm MAC 1934 machine gunWeapon 1
600 roundsAmmunition
1 350 shots/minFire rate
2 х 7.5 mm Darne 1933 machine gunWeapon 2
600 roundsAmmunition
1 350 shots/minFire rate
Economy
freeResearch
freePurchase
freeRepair
freeCrew training
1 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
10 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage D.500.jpg


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.

General info

Flight Performance

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
 ?  ? 9,000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 150
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
378 366 9,000 14.4 15.0 14.7 12.5 150

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
 ???  ???  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 3 mm Steel plate behind engine.
  • 3 mm Steel plate on pilot's seat.

Armaments

Offensive armament

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

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine New 7 mm MGs
IV Cover

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very maneuverable.
  • Speed is adequate.
  • Guns are powerful at the rank.
  • Short gun convergence (250-350m) chews up aircraft at short ranges.

Cons:

  • 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.

History

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France fighters
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
Bloch  M.B.157
Caudron  C.R.714
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 · ▄F-86K
Other countries  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T · NC.900