J26 David

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Rank VI Israel | Premium | Golden Eagles
Merkava Mk.2D Pack
This page is about the premium Swedish fighter J26 David. For the regular version, see J26.
J26 David
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J26 David
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The J26 David was one of the 4 earliest examples of the P-51s the Swedish got their hands on. Initially, the P-51B-7, nicknamed "Hub", crash-landed in neutral Sweden after being engaged in German airspace and, like the other 3 P-51s that crash-landed in Sweden, were bought by the Swedish and evaluated for potential Swedish service.

It was introduced during Update "Sky Guardians" as a rank III reward for Battle Pass: Season XI, "Her Majesty's Hussar". Being a P-51B model, it only comes with 4 x .50 cals and the possibility to load 2 bombs under the wings.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 7 300 m708 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude12 800 m
EnginePackard V-1650-7
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight5 t
Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 7,300 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 687 665 12800 22.0 22.7 12.9 12.9 300
Upgraded 734 708 20.5 21.0 20.2 16.2


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
853 287 676 676 433 ~11 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 500 < 300 < 550 > 400

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural853 km/h
Gear287 km/h

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Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 600 Sl icon.png
RB3 970 Sl icon.png
SB2 134 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts67 000 Sl icon.png
Aces400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 70 / 190 / 350 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 136 / 136 / 136 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
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FSBC mk.1
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FSBC mk.5
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FMBC mk.1


Offensive armament

Ammunition1 260 rounds
Fire rate768 shots/min
Main article: Akan m/45 (12.7 mm)

The J26 David is armed with:

  • 4 x 12.7 mm Akan m/45 machine guns, wing-mounted (280 rpg outer + 350 rpg inner = 1,260 total)

Suspended armament

List of setups (3)
Setup 12 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
Setup 22 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
Setup 32 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb

The J26 David can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (200 lb total)
  • 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (500 lb total)
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (1,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

The J26 David is an early model P-51 which is similar to the P-51C-10 in performance, sharing similar firepower capabilities and characteristics. P-51 early models lacks compared to the later war models 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning to the P-51D and H model giving them a bit less firepower than the late war models which can make it a bit tougher to deal with the larger aircraft and the more heavily-armoured ones.

Air Battles: P-51 are known to be great at "Boom n Zoom" tactics, which indulge in maintaining its speed over the opponent where it dives to gain speed on the opponent then using the gain speed to get into an position of advantage over the target again to either do a second pass or find a new alternative target that may pose a threat to the P-51. Having 4 x hard-hitting M2 Browning machine guns and 1260 rounds means it does not lack in any firepower or ammunition to deal with most aircraft it will face. Though more heavily-armoured airplanes like IL-2 can be a bit harder to neutralize with only the 4 machine guns if not dealing good crippling shots to the IL-2, Some larger bombers can also be a though nut to crack if not taking care and properly aim at weak spots due to hitting the main fuselage could end up with the P-51 depleting its ammo fast and not doing much damage. The P-51 shine when it have the altitude advantage and can play to its strengths of diving on the target. It will have a hard time dealing with opponents in a dogfight, where it can bleed its speed and be easily outmanoeuvred by planes like Yak-3 or Spitfire Mk Vb/trop that will have the manoeuvrability at low speed over the P-51.

Ground Battles: The J26 David is best to maintain air superiority over the enemy team, protecting its own team from being attacked from the air. The J26 David got its 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning that can with ease deal with most enemy air units that could be sent in, The M2 Brownings can also be used to give allied ground units assistance by hitting lightly-armoured targets from above or any open top vehicle to either disable or neutralize the enemy target. In a supporting role, the J26 David can also used 2 x ordnance bombs to bring with into battle in case of any more heavily-armoured vehicles will appear. The P-51 gets a synchronized bomb drop, making it able to only do one bomb run before having to return to airfield to restock on bombs. Since it is lacking in ground supporting capabilities, it is best suited to maintain air superiority over the battlefield, protecting allied ground attackers, bombers, and suppressing enemy fighters or SPAAs.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons


  • Great Boom & Zoom aircraft
  • Great acceleration
  • Large fuel capacity
  • Good high altitude performance


  • Limited to two bombs
  • Fewer M2 Brownings than late war models
  • Mediocre medium to low speed manoeuvrability
  • High stall speed


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See also

Related development

External links

North American Aviation
P-51A  P-51 · P-51A
P-51C  P-51C-10
P-51D  P-51D-5 · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · P-51D-30
P-51H  P-51H-5-NA
Twin-engine fighters  F-82E
Jet fighters  F-86A-5 · F-86F-2 · F-86F-25 · F-86F-35 · F-100D
Strike aircraft  A-36 · PBJ-1H · PBJ-1J
  FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232
Bombers  B-25J-1 · B-25J-20
Export/Licence  ▂B-25J-30 · ␗B-25J-30
  ▄Mustang Mk IA · F-6C-10-NA · ␗P-51C-11-NT · ␗P-51D-20 · J26 David · J26 · P-51D-20-NA · ␗P-51K
  F-86F-30 ▅ · ␗F-86F-30 · F-86F-40 ▅ · F-86F-40 JASDF▅ · ␗F-86F-40
  ◄F-86K · ▄F-86K (Italy) · ▄F-86K (France)
  ␗F-100A · ▄F-100D · ␗F-100F
Captured  ▅P-51C-11-NT
  Canadair Limited license-built the F-86 as the CL-13 for use in Canada and export to Europe.
  Fiat license-built the F-86K for the Italian Air Force though another 120 NAA built F-86Ks were also sold to the Italians.
See Also  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries · Canadair Limited · Fiat Aviation

Sweden fighters
Saab  J21A-1 · J21A-2 · A21A-3
FFVS  J22-A · J22-B
Foreign Import  J8A · Iacobi's J8A · J9 Early · J11 · J20 · J26 David · J26
VL  Mörkö-Morane · VL Myrsky II · VL Pyörremyrsky
(NL) Fokker  ▄Fokker D.XXI-3 · ▄Fokker D.XXI
(DE) Messerschmitt  ▄Bf 109 G-2 · ▄Bf 109 G-6 Erla · ▄Bf 109 G-6
Other  ▄B-239 · ▄Hurricane Mk I/L

Sweden premium aircraft
Fighters  Iacobi's J8A · ▄Fokker D.XXI · Mörkö-Morane · VL Myrsky II · J9 Early · J26 David · VL Pyörremyrsky · ▄Bf 109 G-6
Jet fighters  J29D · J35A · Saab J35XS
Strike aircraft  SAAB-105OE · A32A Röd Adam
Bomber  ▄Ar 196 A-5