F8F-1B (France)

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▄F8F-1B Bearcat
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.7 tEmpty weight
5.9 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
10 900 mCeiling
sec19.6/19.6/19.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-34WEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
827 km/hStructural
340 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm AN/M3 cannonWeapon 1
826 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun (secondary)Setup 1
2 х Tiny Tim rocketsSetup 2
4 х HVAR rocketsSetup 3
4 х HVAR rockets
1 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
Setup 4
1 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 5
2 х 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
1 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
Setup 6
3 х 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 7
78 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
310 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png7 290 / 9 746/9 570 / 12 795/4 320 / 5 775Repair
90 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
310 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.84 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the naval fighter F8F-1B (France). For other versions, see F8F-1 and F8F-1B.


GarageImage F8F-1BFrance.jpg

The ▄F8F-1B Bearcat is a rank IV French naval fighter with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed (km/h at 4,268 m) Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
669 650 10 900 20.4 20.8 19.3 19.3 220
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,268 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
752 708 10 900 17.8 19.0 37.5 24.8 220


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
827 340  ??? ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< ??? < ??? < ??? > ???
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
 ?,??? m  ??? hp  ?,??? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 60 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot.
  • 9.5 mm Steel plates on pilot's seat.


Offensive armament

Main article: AN/M3 (20 mm)

The F8F-1B (France) is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm AN/M3 cannon, wing-mounted (188 outer + 225 inner rpg each wing = 826 total)

The four machine guns are arranged in bundles of two mounted in each wing. Each machine gun bundle are armed with 188 rounds of ammunition in one cannon and 225 rounds in the other, which means that two guns (one in each wing) will run out of ammo before the other two if fired until empty.

Suspended armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The F8F-1B (France) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, suspended (340 rpg = 1360 total)
  • 2 x Tiny Tim rockets
  • 4 x HVAR rockets
  • 4 x HVAR rockets + 1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
  • 1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
  • 3 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs

Usage in battles

In Arcade battles the F8F-1B can perform at its prime, which is, accordingly, remarkably. Due to the lack of damage due to overheating and such, the F8F-1B can easily outstrip any piston-engined fighter in a climb once upgraded. Prior to the engine-injection upgrade, the 1B performs very well, but not as sublimely as it does with the latter modification. Thus, climbing and BnZ match perfectly with the F8F-1B in AB due to its astounding climb rate, speed, acceleration, and weaponry.

Regarding weaponry, fire in very short bursts with the M3 20mm because they will jam rather quickly. The most ideal belt is Air Targets, as the belt has - together with the stealth belt, but the Air Targets belt has instead of a practice shell an API-T shell - the most HEF-I shells.

In RB, the F8F-1B is a monster. It possesses a fantastic climb rate, roll rate, high-capacity armament, and flight performance. Top speed and level speed are top notch in this aircraft, as is the dive-speed tolerance (~800 kph). Unfortunately, this power comes at a great price. Called the "Ovencat" by some players, the F8F-1B's engine will overheat in less than a minute while utilizing WEP. It is not recommended for any pilot to use WEP UNTIL unlocking the "Radiator" modification!. Therefore, always side-climb at the beginning of a match as the 1B needs all the energy it can get, especially when facing opponents such as the FW-190 D which can out-climb an F8F-1B in continuous climb due to the lower thermal restraints of its Junkers engine.

The F8F-1B suffers at altitudes over 6,500 m. Below that, of course, utilize Boom & Zoom as your main tactic. Acceleration is magnificent as is dive speed. You will find it rather difficult to rip your wings in a dive. Careful not to push the Bearcat too far, though, as rolling manoeuvres and fast-paced moves can easily rip its wings.

The M3 20 mm cannons have an extremely fast fire rate and thus may drain your ammunition storage rather quickly. However, the massive 826 round storage should be plenty for quite a lot of battling in the skies!

The F8F-1B can also be used as an effective fighter-bomber. It can carry a large payload of Tiny Tims, bombs, and assorted rockets, making it an effective attacker.

Turning is not recommended in RB due to the 1B's mediocre turn rate.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator DGP-1 Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe FRC mk.2 New 12 mm MGs
III Wings Repair Engine LFRC mk.12 Offensive 20 mm
IV G-Suit Engine Injection Cover FLBC mk.1 New 20 mm Cannons

Pros and cons


  • Excellent dive speed
  • Excellent manoeuvrability in moderate to high speeds
  • Fast acceleration
  • High rate of fire
  • High ammo count
  • Can support high G's in sharp turns and has a G-suit upgrade available
  • Extremely powerful burst mass and in general powerful armament
  • Great roll rate compared to planes such as the BF-109
  • Respectable climb rate up to 5 km
  • Excellent bomb capacity
  • Extremely unbelievably low repair cost compared to the ki84 ko Hayate


  • Engine overheats quickly
  • AN/M3 cannons jam in barely three seconds unless it's modified
  • Ground loops if landing with full brakes
  • Sluggish controls at speeds less than 300 km/h
  • Dumps velocity in high-G turns


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See also

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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