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General characteristics
1 personCrew
6.9 tTake-off weight
5.00 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11 000 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10wEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
803 km/hStructural
375 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannonWeapon 1
462 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 2
1 600 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
6 x HVAR rocketsSetup 1
2 x Tiny Tim rocketsSetup 2
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
6 x HVAR rockets
Setup 4
1 x Mk.13/44 torpedo (2216 lbs)Setup 5
40 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 100 / 2 671/1 590 / 2 022/1 210 / 1 539Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
700 Ge icon.pngAces
154 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
320 % Sl icon.png190 % Sl icon.png90 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the American naval fighter F6F-5N. For the French version, see F6F-5N (France). For other versions, see F6F (Family).


GarageImage F6F-5N.jpg

The F6F-5N is a rank III American naval fighter with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB), 4.3 (RB), and 4.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 5,730 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
602 581 11 000 22.2 23.1 8.1 8.1 399
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,730 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
661 629 11 000 19.8 21.0 16.7 11.8 399


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
803 510 ~11 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 432 < 420 < 420 > 420
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
518 m 2,000 hp 2,398 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,724 m 1,800 hp 2,158 hp
Setting 3
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,400 m 1,650 hp 1,978 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 3 mm steel - below the engine and above cooling system
  • 6.35 mm steel - behind the pilot
  • 38 mm bulletproof glass - armoured windscreen


Offensive armament

A page from the F63/F6F pilots manual detailing protective angles against enemy weapons.

The F6F-5N is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannons, wing-mounted (231 rpg = 462 total)
  • 4 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, wing-mounted (400 rpg = 1,600 total)

Suspended armament

The F6F-5N can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 6 x HVAR rockets
  • 2 x Tiny Tim rockets
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs + 6 x HVAR rockets (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x Mk.13/44 torpedo

Usage in battles

There was a reason the F6F was a standout fighter during World War II. As a fighter, it was versatile, not only as an aerial fighter but also as a ground pounder.

Aerial combat
  • This F6F had a bit of weight to it which allowed it to perform well as a Boom & Zoom fighter. With a total of six guns, two M2 Browning machine guns and one 20 mm cannon in each wing, this fighter can take out enemy fighters without much trouble.
Ground attack
  • The F6F excels in ground attack where it can be outfitted with either bombs or rockets. The 1,000 lb bombs have a devastating effect on ships and hardened structures not to mention vehicles which are clustered in a compact area. The agility of the aircraft makes it ideal to outfit rockets whether it is the HVAR or Tiny Tim rockets. The larger Tiny Tim rockets will pack a huge punch in armoured vehicles and ships while also able to damage bases (though nowhere near as well as bombs). HVAR rockets work best when reserved for armoured vehicles some hardened concrete structures and bombers. The rockets can be outfitted with contact fuses or time-delayed fuses.
Naval attack
  • The previously mentioned weapons for both aerial and ground attack can be utilised with great success in the naval arena as all weapons can cause damage to naval aircraft and ships. The F6F can carry a single specialised naval weapon, a Mk.13/44 torpedo which requires a slow and low approach to a ship to ensure the torpedo does not sink nor miss its target. While this is vulnerable and comprising to fly at a ship shooting back, a torpedo on target can yield a sunken ship.


Main article: AN/APS-6

The F6F-5N is equipped with an AN/APS-6 search and tracking radar. The radar is mounted in a pod under the right wing tip.

AN/APS-6 - Target Detection Radar
Max Azimuth
Scan Angle
Max Elevation
Scan Angle
60,000 m
7,200 m ±60° ±60°
AN/APS-6 - Target Tracking Radar
Azimuth Tracking
Elevation Tracking
1,000 m 150 m ±15° ±15°

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
3 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm ITC mk.III
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs FRC mk.2
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm LFRC mk.12
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons FLBC mk.1

Payload modules unlock the following:

  • ITC mk.III: One torpedo
  • FRC mk.2: Six HVAR rockets
  • LFRC mk.12: Two Tiny Tims
  • FLBC mk.1: Two 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs

Pros and cons


  • Has 2 x 20 mm cannons
  • Great variety of weapons for any map, aerial combat, ground attack and maps with naval ships
  • Decent climb rate and manoeuvrability
  • Has a search and tracking radar
  • Workhorse naval fighter


  • Slower than the standard F6F-5
  • Not as energy-efficient on a zoom climb like a P-47
  • Overall worse performance than F6F


A page from the F6F Hellcat Pilot's Manual showing the differences found in the F6F-5N cockpit, with the radio altimeter indicator and radar scope being pointed out.

The F6F-5N was a modification of the standard F6F-5 for use as a night fighter. These aircraft were fitted with additional equipment in the form of a radio altimeter and radar. The Westinghouse AN/APS-6 radar was installed on the starboard wing of the F6F-5N, with units being completed in middle and late 1944. The APS-6 served as a method to search and destroy hostile aircraft in conditions with zero visibility, with data being displayed in a standard B-scope view of the target azimuth on the x-axis and target range on the y-axis. Aside from target search and tracking, the APS-6 could also be used in a navigation role by tracking a radar emitter or beacon with a search range of up to 100 miles.[1] Due to the simplifications from the earlier AN/APS-4 radar, the APS-6 was small enough to be installed in single-engine aircraft which allowed for independent action among night fighters. Another feature of the F6F-5N was the Type GR-1 automatic pilot, which gave pilots the ability to maintain a stable flight attitude with minimal input. Just as with the F6F-5, the -5N used the Pratt & Whitney R-2800-10W and had provisions to used a mixed armament of 2x 20 mm M2 cannons and 4x .50 cal Browning machine guns. The F6F-5N is noted as being one of the better American night fighters during World War II and was chosen to be a night fighter over other aircraft such as the F4U Corsair.[1]


  • An underside view of a F6F-5N carrying two Tiny Tim rockets. These rockets had to be released before igniting so to clear the propeller arc.
  • A view of a F6F-5N firing off a Tiny Tim rocket at an enemy target.
  • A side view of the shackle connection of the Tiny Tim rocket to the external pylon of the F6F-5N.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The AN/APS-6 Aircraft Radar" in Westinghouse in World War 2: Radio and X-ray Divsions, Westinghouse Electric & Mfg.Co., Inc, 1946.

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