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The Firecrest is a squadron rank III British fighter with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".

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 5,791 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
587 568 10975 24.1 25.0 15.4 15.4 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,791 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ??? 608 10975  ??.? 23.0  ??.? 19 300


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
430 ~10 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 460 < 450 < 450 > 330
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,280 m 2,580 hp 2,895 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,980 m 2,310 hp 2,587 hp

Survivability and armour

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Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M3 (12.7 mm)

The Firecrest is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M3 machine guns, wing-mounted (300 rpg = 600 total)

Suspended armament

The Firecrest can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 500 lb G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 1 x Mark XV torpedo
  • 8 x RP-3 rockets

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Not controllable
Auto control available
Auto control available
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator HMBC mk.2
II Compressor Airframe Offensive 12 mm FTC mk.IV
III Wings repair Engine HRC mk.8
IV Engine injection Cover New 12 mm MGs

Pros and cons


  • M3 .50 cals can do serious damage if used correctly, and have a high rate of fire
  • Good top speed overall
  • Respectably durable


  • Not very maneuverable, especially at low speeds
  • Only two machine guns = limited damage output at the rank
  • Limited payload options


The Blackburn Firecrest was a British Torpedo Strike Fighter, derived from the earlier Blackburn Firebrand but designed from the outset as a torpedo strike fighter. Designed to the S.28/43 specification set by the Admiralty on February 26th 1943 for a 'Firebrand Torpedo Fighter with improved wing and improved pilot view', the Firecrest was designed with a number of issues of the Firebrand in mind. Specifically, effort was done to produce a type which had improved forward visibility to facilitate deck landings, and which had better lateral control at landing speeds. The design specification also called for the Firecrest to be powered by a Bristol Centaurus 77 engine powering a contra-rotating propeller.

Early on during its design, the Admiralty also ordered three prototypes which would have been driven by the Napier E.122 24-cylinder H-block engine, a 3500 hp development of the Napier Sabre used on the original Firebrand. However, it was soon found that in order to maintain an acceptable center of gravity, the heavy Napier engine would have to be installed behind the cockpit, which would require an extensive redesign and add considerable weight to the aircraft. As a result, the Napier E.122 powered variant was cancelled in October of 1945 before metal was cut on any of their prototypes. Just before completion of the design, the Centaurus 77 variant with its contra-rotating propeller was cancelled in January of 1946, and it was replaced by a 2,825 hp Centaurus 57 with a conventional five-bladed propeller. The first of three completed prototypes of the Firecrest flew on April 1st 1947.

The Firecrest differed from the Firebrand in having a cockpit that was set higher and more forward than that of the Firebrand, which combined with a shortened nose did improve the forward visibility during deck landing. A redesigned inverted gull wing conceptually not unlike that of the Vought Corsair did much to improve the type's low speed handling and take off characteristics: even at full weight, take-off was possible in just under 430 ft with a 29 mph headwind; it's landing run was an impressive 390 ft with a 5 mph headwind. With its conventional five-bladed propeller, the Firecrest's top speed lay at 380 mph, some 38 mph faster than the Firebrand despite weighing slightly more. Unlike the Firebrand which used hand-folded wings, the Firecrest had power-assisted folding wings with a double fold.

However, it soon became apparent that the Firecrest was even more sluggish in handling than the Firebrand, that the design in itself did not give any distinct advantages over the Firebrand or the newly developed Westland Wyvern, and that it was less versatile than types such as the Fairey Firefly or Hawker Sea Fury. As a result, all development work on the Firecrest ceased in September of 1947, with the second prototype only being used for structural testing, and the third prototype used to test the power-boosted ailerons which were eventually fitted to the Firebrand TF.5A. All three prototypes were bought back by Blackburn in 1950, and scrapped in 1952.


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See also

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External links

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Nimrod  Nimrod Mk I · Nimrod Mk II
Gladiator  Gladiator Mk II · Tuck's Gladiator Mk II · Gladiator Mk IIF · Gladiator Mk IIS
Sea Gladiator  Sea Gladiator Mk I
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Sea Hurricane  Sea Hurricane Mk IB · Sea Hurricane Mk IC
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Spitfire (Griffon)  Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire F Mk XIVe · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe · Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe · Spitfire F Mk 22 · Spitfire F Mk 24
Seafire  Seafire F Mk XVII · Seafire FR 47
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Tempest  Tempest Mk II · Tempest Mk V · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)
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