P-400 Airacobra

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P-400 Airacobra
p-400.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.3/2.3/2.7BR
FighterClass
1 personCrew
3.0 tEmpty weight
3.5 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
9 500 mCeiling
sec22.3/22.3/20.0Turn Time
108 km/hStalling speed
Allison V-1710-35Engine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
886 km/hStructural
322 km/hGear
Offensive armament
20 mm Hispano 404 cannonWeapon 1
60 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
2 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 2
540 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
4 х 7.62 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 3
3 000 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
Economy
11 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
38 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 312 / 1 684/2 547 / 3 270/990 / 1 271Repair
11 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
38 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
250 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.24 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft P-400. For other uses, see P-39 (Disambiguation)

Description

GarageImage P-400.jpg

The P-400 is a Rank II American fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB) and 2.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.37.

The P-400 is the "little brother" of the P-39's and P-63's. Reaching maximum speed at 2,400 m (7,900ft), meaning you will have to look for enemies below you, or sacrifice speed to meet the opposition higher up. At medium & low altitudes it can be considered quite a fast plane for it's BR range. It handles turning at higher speed rather well but can become quite unstable at lower speeds. Watch out when engaging in stall fighting, hammerheads & yo-yos. The P-400 can survive at high speeds while diving, yet will suffer from compression. The plane is suitable for high speeds attacks where you work with more with horizontal than vertical movements. Keep your speed up!

The P-400 has good weapons consisting of one 20 mm cannon with 60 rounds and two .50cals and four .30cals. If you have a good aim, you can kill enemies in seconds, but if you don't the limited cannon ammo will run out in about 10-15 seconds. The .50 calibre will still destroy foes reasonably quickly, though the .30cals require the right amount of consistency and concentrated fire.

General info

Flight Performance

Stat card

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,550 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
538 527 8,260 29.4 29.8 5.4 7.2 270
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,550 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
594 565 8,260 26.7 28.0 17.7 10.4 270

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
680 350 480 ~16 ~16
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 460 < 460 < 420 > 255
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,000 m 1,625 hp 1,895 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,200 m 1,420 hp 1,656 hp

Engine performance

Engine
Engine Name Number present
Allison V-1710-35 12 cylinder 1
Engine characteristics
Weight (each) Type Cooling
594 kg Inline Water
Engine power (Stock)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 839 hp 1,040 hp
Realistic/Simulator 829 hp 1,029 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
Mode Max Take-off
Arcade 1,098 hp 1,299 hp
Realistic/Simulator 950 hp 1,151 hp
WEP Duration
Arcade Realistic/Simulator
25 seconds 5 min 20 seconds

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured. Describe the armour, if there is any, also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Armaments

The P-400 is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm Hispano 404 cannon, nose-mounted (60 rpg)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, nose-mounted (270 rpg = 540 total)
  • 4 x 7.92 mm Browning machine gun, wing-mounted in pairs, (500 outer rpg, 1,000 inner rpg = 3000 total)

Usage in the battles

Try using energy tactics at low altitude and use Boom & Zoom to dispatch targets if you are at high altitude. In domination games, this plane comes into its environment with dogfight furballs occurring which the P-400 can intervene. Use the excellent energy retention to your advantage and avoid any type turn fighting, as even a F6F Hellcat would be able to out-turn your aircraft.

Never try to contest bomber altitude when you have it stock - it just lacks the engine power to compete above 4000 meters, and even as a spaded aircraft, it still doesn't perform as well as the Spitfires and Bf 109s at similar battle ratings. If you're ever forced to dogfight, use the rudder and elevator to pull yourself into a sort of climbing spiral, which the P-400 is exceptionally good at thanks to its powerful engine.

The Hispano cannon once on target will easily take out fighters and most bombers with even a short burst, or at the very least, cripple it. However, if there is any good fighter pilot on the enemy team, they will climb and try to secure high altitude. When you see them in more agile aircraft, your only option is to dive away and begin to strafe the furball down low. Beware that many planes in this battle rating range, including the Cannon Ishak, outperforms this plane in at least one, if not more categories, but this plane usually has more than one advantage over every plane it will face (i.e. It is faster than the Spitfire Mk 1a and out rolls it). ) Use the advantages of this plane - its high speed, great rudder, powerful engine, superior armament, and terrific initial turn at high speeds. However, don't use it in a way that exposes its weaknesses - bad low-speed handling, weak turning, and poor climb rate - in combat, like when you are getting Rope-a-Doped, just flip over with an Immelman and Turn & Burn.

Manual Engine Control

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fast plane up to ~3000 m (12,000 ft)
  • Decent turn time (especially at higher speeds)
  • Good pool of machine gun ammunition
  • Good stopping power with all weapons active
  • Nose mounted 20 mm cannon (centre line mounted weaponry equals good accuracy)
  • Well armoured
  • Cockpit has good visibility
  • Carries a total of 7 guns with three slightly different trajectories, resulting in a high hit probability with at least one of them
  • Hispano cannon is more accurate and reliable than the 37 mm cannon
  • Excellent rudder control even at high speeds
  • Potent engine

Cons:

  • Very low ammunition for 20 mm cannon
  • Machine guns, the .30 cal and the .50 cal has no separate trigger
  • Ammo counter represents the total amount of machine gun ammo, not the particular calibre
  • Gets pilot killed very easily due to the bubble canopy design
  • Suffers a lot from compression
  • Becomes quite unstable at low speeds
  • Fuel cells are stretched across the wings, resulting in fairly common fires
  • The engine is centrally mounted, taking engine damage while being chased is common

History

Joke

A joke which may (or may not) have been used by the British in WW2:

Why is the P-400 called the P-400?
Because it's a P-40 with a Zero on its tail![1]

Media

Skins and camouflages for the P-400 from live.warthunder

References

  1. Copied from War Thunder Forum "Schlechte Witze mit War Thunder Bezug" - 'Bad jokes with War Thunder related content', no source was given by the forum user. Topic is named/about "Bad jokes".

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