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General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.2 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
Pratt & Whitney R-1830-47Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
760 km/hStructural
281 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Sl icon.png1 800/5 250/1 990Repair
8 100 Sl icon.pngCrew training
54 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
250 Ge icon.pngAces
× (124 + 100 Talisman.png) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 1.9 × 2 Talisman.png Sl icon.png× 1.5 × 2 Talisman.png Sl icon.png× 0.4 × 2 Talisman.png Sl icon.png


GarageImage P-43A-1.jpg

The P-43A-1 is a gift rank II American fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica" in the Operation S.U.M.M.E.R. event of 2017.

The P-43A-1 is very similar to the P-47 Thunderbolt in terms of looks since the P-47 was developed from the P-43 in real life. Although similar to the P-47, the engine of the P-43 is rather weak compared to the one of the P-47. Nonetheless, the P-43 is fast for its BR range and when down-tiered it can be a menace for the enemy team if used correctly.

The P-43A-1 is a Boom & Zoom fighter. Although classified as a Boom & Zoomer, it can still turn with many aircraft except for Japanese fighters. It can turn with anything Russian as long as flaps are used and still retain its energy. Climb above all of the enemy aircraft then start Boom & Zoom runs. If you get caught in a bad situation, use your turning ability to dogfight and beat the enemy.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 7,600 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
543  ??? 9,700 20.2  ??.? 9.2  ??.? 343
Max Speed
(km/h at 7,600 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
590  ??? 9,700 18.0  ??.? 19.9  ??.? 343


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
725 281 450 ~12 ~9
Optimal velocities
< 370 < 400 < 440 > 270
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,100 - 7,000 m 1,100 hp 1,200 hp

Survivability and armour

  • No armour plating
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near fuselage


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The P-43A-1 is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, wing-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)

Usage in the battles

The P-43 is a Boom & Zoom aircraft, however, if needed it can turn fight with many aircraft, unfortunately, most Japanese fighters will out turn this aircraft.

Bf 109 F-4s and Japanese fighters are your main worries. The Bf 109 F-4 is a very good energy fighter and a better climber than the P-43. The Japanese fighters such as the Ki-43-III and the A6M2 and the A6M3 Zeroes turn a lot better and climb quite well. You will need altitude in order to Boom & Zoom against Japanese fighters.

In spite of only having 4 x .50 calibre machine guns, the P-43 can engage and kill bombers if necessary.

If flying against the P-43, a smart Bf 109 F-4 pilot will attempt to energy trap him. Make them overshoot then try to reverse and get behind the P-43.

Japanese pilots should always attempt to turn fight a P-43, however watch for the P-43 to attempt to gain altitude in order to set up a Boom & Zoom. Watch for an opportunity to sweep in right behind them and try to force a turn fight or maneuvers which will bleed the P-43 of its potential and kinetic energy.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Airframe Repair Radiator
II Compressor
III Wing Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Decent armament of 4 x Brownings M2
  • Late Browning belts packs heavy firepower
  • High red-line speed; 725 kph
  • Decent energy retention
  • Excellent turn time, can turn with anything but biplanes and Japanese fighters
  • Good performance at altitude thanks to a turbocharger
  • Does not compress too badly after 650 kph
  • Engine runs reliably during leaks


  • Long takeoff
  • Somewhat underwhelming climb rate
  • Slow acceleration overall
  • Extremely low ammunition count
  • Overheats quickly
  • Somewhat low roll rate
  • Very fragile


The P-43 Lancer was designed by Alexander de Seversky of the Republic Aviation Company as part of a contract for the United States Army Air Corps. About 272 planes were made until the P-43 Lancer was discontinued from production. 125 of the P-43 Lancers were assigned to the Far East China Theater as part of the American Volunteer Group (nicknamed "Flying Tigers"). The P-43 Lancer would be obsolete very quickly as even more modern and superior planes were being pushed out. The P-43 Lancer would leave a legacy as it would shape the design of the P-44 Rocket which would become the famous P-47 Thunderbolt.


  • Unpainted Camouflage for the P-43A-1. It was a reward for everyone when the goal of 2,300,000 marks has been reached for Operation S.U.M.M.E.R (2017).
  • Republic of China Air Force Camouflage for the P-43A-1. This camoflauge was found and extracted from the game files in the using the War Thunder CDK.

Read also

Obtainable events

  • The P-43A-1 has only been available in Operation S.U.M.M.E.R. of 2017 that lasted from 28 July to 28 August. It was unlocked after obtaining 7 pilot Marks of Distinction.


Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • page on aircraft encyclopedia;
  • other literature.

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