The D.501 is a Rank I French fighter with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".
The D.501 is an all metal mono-wing aircraft with an open cockpit and fixed landing gear which was built in the mid 1930’s and was France’s fighter aircraft until it was replaced by Morane-Saulnier M.S.406 aircraft in 1939. When playing SB (or AB and RB in cockpit view) this aircraft offers excellent visibility only really limiting visibility where the wings are at. This aircraft has 600 rounds of ammunition between two machine guns and 60 rounds of 20 mm ammunition. This aircraft can really do some damage when gun convergence is set between 250 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.
- Open cockpit
- Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
The D.501 is armed with:
- 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon(60 rpg = 60 total)
- 2 x 7.5 mm Darne 1933 machine gun (300 rpg = 600 total)
The single Hispano 404 cannon is mounted centrally in the fuselage while each of the Darne 1933 machine guns are mounted on the underside of the wing. Each of the machine guns are armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that they will fire with each other until empty. On the other hand, the cannon only has 60 rounds of ammunition and if fired at the same time and at the same rate as the machine guns, it will run out of ammo first.
Usage in the battles
The D.501 is a French fighter which can be utilized for air-to-air combat or ground attack on light ground units (armoured vehicles and mobile AAA units). Good speed and manouverability allows this aircraft to utilize its rudder, ailerons and flaps to roll, turn and manouver out of tight spots. When going after ground units this aircraft can making an attack and then looping up and back over down onto remaining targets with ease. The 20 mm cannon adds an extra punch which many early aircraft do not have and can be used successfully on other aircraft to include larger bombers.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
|Controllable||Not controllable||Combined||Controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 7 mm|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 7 mm MGs|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||Offensive 20 mm|
|IV||Cover||New 20 mm Cannons|
Pros and cons
- 1.3 BR aircraft with a 20 mm cannon
- Dual role of aircraft fighter and ground attacker
- Agile and effective when turning and looping especially when utilizing the rudder
- Open cockpit (pilot sniping)
- Critical components clustered towards front of aircraft
- Fixed extended landing gear
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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|