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Revision as of 16:19, 28 February 2019

F2A-3 Buffalo
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
Wright Cyclone R-1820-40Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
761 km/hStructural
720 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
1 300 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
5 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6 300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 000 / 1 255/1 060 / 1 330/410 / 514Repair
1 800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6 300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
× (106) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 1.3 Sl icon.png× 1.0 Sl icon.png× 0.3 Sl icon.png


GarageImage F2A-3.jpg

The F2A-3 Buffalo is a Rank I American fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB) and 2.3 (SB). It was in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The F2A-3 Buffalo gives pilots the first real taste of typical American fighters in War Thunder- a lumbering, well-armored beast of a fighter that is well armed and has decent performance capabilities. Indeed, the second Buffalo in War Thunder is a heavy aircraft for its rank, signifying that its turning ability is underwhelming against the sharp turners it meets, especially regarding its relatively low BR- it will face low-rank Zeroes as well as more nimble German Bf 109's. Due to its 4 machine guns the F2A-3 Buffalo is not very good in dogfight with British or German aircraft.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,492 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
494 477 10,424 18.9 19.3 11.3 13.1 200
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,492 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
547 518 10,424 16.4 17.6 23.9 16.4 200


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
761 720 460 ~18 ~7
Optimal velocities
< 465 < 400 < 500 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
700 m 1,010 hp 1,192 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,700 m 930 hp 1,097 hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near fuselage


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The F2A-3 is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, nose-mounted (250 rpg = 500 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, nose-mounted (400 rpg = 800 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: AN-M30A1 (100 lb)

The F2A-3 can be configured for:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (200 lb total)

Usage in the battles

The characteristics of the F2A-3 means that its pilots shouldn't try to turn-fight their opponents and that they should also strictly maintain their energy. However, this weight and energy retention ability means that any Buffalo pilot that cares to climb high- 3,000-4,000 m - will be able to combat opponents with relative ease. However, they should be wary of adept climbers (such as Bf 109s and the US's own P-47, at least in Arcade) as they are more than a match for the F2A's climb rate. In a dive, the Buffalo can rapidly catch up to virtually anything it faces, and, when it does, a battery of 4 x .50 calibre machine guns will make short work of any target, save well-armoured bombers such as the B-25 or Ju 88, which an F2A pilot will probably rarely meet.

Discipline is a vital trait needed to master this plane. If you are used to simply engaging with the first opponent you find and turn-fighting, the F2A is not for you, as is much of the US fighter line. The recommended tactic to use with the F2A is Boom & Zoom. At the beginning of the battle, it is vital to climbing- not climbing reduces your energy capabilities drastically due to the low-level flight speed of the F2A- climbing significantly exacerbates performance of the F2A due to its weight and diving capabilities. After attempting a diving engagement on an enemy, whether successful or not, one should always pull out of the engagement shortly after the first attacking pass, as not to waste speed and/or altitude (a.k.a. energy).

Four M2 Browning .50 MGs are plenty for a 2.7 BR plane- the heavy bullets rip through almost all fighters at this rank. Omni and Stealth rounds are the most effective belts- the Stealth being especially effective due to the M8 API bullets which allow F2A pilots to easily set your opponents afire. Against bombers, the capabilities of the M2s are greatly reduced- aiming for engines is the most effective way to combat a bomber. You should always use the boom and zoom tactic as it suites well for Japanese fighters at its rank. However, Japanese fighters will out turn you.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


For firepower modules, outside of upgrades for the machine guns, the unlock of the module Mk.41 will allow the F2A-3 to mount two 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs.

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wings Repair Engine Mk.41
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Good dive rate
  • Good top dive speed
  • Great armament
  • Good energy retention
  • Tailhook for carrier landings


  • Poor acceleration and climb
  • Vulnerable fuel tanks (very prone to explosions)
  • Below average turning rate
  • Poor level flight speed
  • Not the best armament


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An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

Read also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
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