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| about = French bomber '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:GarageImage_V156F.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
 
[[File:GarageImage_V156F.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a Rank {{Specs|rank}} French dive bomber {{Battle-rating|1}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.75 "La Résistance"]].
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} French bomber {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.75 "La Résistance"]].
  
The SBU2-2 was developed in the early 1930s and was sold to the French as a V-156-F. This aircraft served on the French aircraft carrier Béarn, however at the outbreak of the war, the carrier was deemed too slow for service and both squadrons of V-156-F aircraft were transferred to land based duty. The V-156-F was used continually until the French Armistice.
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The SB2U-2 was developed in the early 1930s and was sold to the French as a V-156-F. This aircraft served on the French aircraft carrier Béarn, however at the outbreak of the war, the carrier was deemed too slow for service and both squadrons of V-156-F aircraft were transferred to land-based duty. The V-156-F was used continually until the French Armistice.
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This aircraft is a fairly slow aircraft, but sturdy. Built as a dive-bomber, it excels at diving down above a target to release its bombs. The V-156-F is one of the only early aircraft in War Thunder which features dive brakes (key-bound to 'H' by default) to aid in slowing down during a dive, thereby helping prevent the ripping off of the wings in RB and SB. The V-156-F differs from its American siblings (SB2U-2/-3) in that it has additional air brakes mounted on the upper and lower surfaces of the wings which extend 90 degrees to the wing when utilized. Wing mounted machine guns allow for this aircraft to strafe softer ground or water targets while waiting for bombs to reload (AB). The rear-facing dorsal gunner helps to ward off enemy attackers, however it is not a game changer for this aircraft.
  
This aircraft is a fairly slow aircraft, but sturdy.  Built as a dive-bomber, it excels at diving down above a target to release its bombs.  The V-156-F is one of the only early aircraft in War Thunder which features dive flaps (h) to aid in retarding the build up of speed during a dive, helping prevent ripping off of wings in RB and SB.  The V-1156-F differes from it's American siblings (SBU2-2/-3) in that it has additional air brakes mounted on upper surface and lower surface of the wing which extend 90 degrees to the wing when utilized.  Wing mounted machine guns allow for this aircraft to strafe softer ground or water targets while waiting for bombs to reload (AB).  Rear facing dorsal gunner helps to ward off enemy attackers, however it is not a game changer for this aircraft.
 
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight Performance ===
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=== Flight performance ===
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Similar to its American and British counterparts, the V-156-F suffers from rather abysmal flight characteristics. It has a mediocre top speed of ~300 km/h at sea level stock, and slightly higher once spaded. However, the aircraft's main performance problem is its lack of engine power. The poor engine power output results in a terrible climb rate and almost-nonexistent acceleration. This means that the plane is realistically limited to terrain-hugging bombing runs as the plane will take half the match to climb to bombing altitude. As well, the engine overheats quite quickly when applying WEP meaning that the maximum throttle setting should not be used too often.
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The aircraft's manoeuvring characteristics are also lacking, but have a few quirks. The plane has a poor turn rate at low speeds (<250 km/h) but can turn very quickly when travelling at higher speeds - in fact, it may be able to out-turn some fighters when entering the turn at 300-350 km/h. However, it cannot continuously turn at that rate, as its poor energy retention results in it bleeding speed quite quickly. The plane's flight controls are quite responsive, but will suffer from significant buffeting and lock-up past 550 km/h.
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at ?,000 m)
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! rowspan="2" | Characteristics
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,084 m)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(metres)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
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! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(metres/second)
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(metres)
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! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
 
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| ? || ? || ?,000 || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? || ???
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! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
 
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! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
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! Stock
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| 343 || 328 || rowspan="2" |{{Specs|ceiling}}|| 23.2 || 24.5 || 4.5 || 4.5 || rowspan="2" | 300
 
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at ?,000 m)
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! Upgraded
! rowspan="2" |Max altitude (meters)
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| 380 || 360 || 20.9 || 22.0 || 8.2 || 6.2
! colspan="2" | Turn time (seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run (meters)
 
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! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
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| ? || ? || ?,000 || ??.? || ??.? || ?.? || ?.? || ?
 
 
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|}
 
|}
  
====Details====
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==== Details ====
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! colspan="5" | Features
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
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! Combat flap
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! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear
! Take-off flap
 
! Landing flap
 
! Air brakes
 
! Arrestor gear
 
 
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| X || X || || ||     <!-- ✓ -->
 
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! colspan="5" | Limits
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! colspan="7" | Limits
 
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! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Wings (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Gear (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Combat flap<br> (km/h)
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! colspan="3" | Flaps (km/h)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
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! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
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|{{Specs|destruction|body}}||{{Specs|destruction|gear}}|| N/A || N/A || 700 || ~13 || ~7
 
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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities
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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities (km/h)
 
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! Ailerons<br>(km/h)
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! Ailerons !! Rudder !! Elevators !! Radiator
! Rudder<br>(km/h)
 
! Elevators<br>(km/h)
 
! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
 
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| 2,895 m || 750 hp || 825 hp
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! Optimal altitude
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp  
 
 
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! colspan="3" | Setting 3
 
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! Optimal altitude
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp
 
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=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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* 3 mm steel boxes behind the gunner.
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* No armour glazing
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* 3 mm steel boxes behind the gunner
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* Self-sealing fuel tank located behind the pilot
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{main|Darne Mle 1923 (7.5 mm)}}
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{{main|Mle 1923 (7.5 mm)}}
  
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
  
* 2 x 7.5 mm [[Darne Mle 1923 (7.5 mm)|Mle 1923]] machine guns (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
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* 2 x 7.5 mm Mle 1923 machine guns, wing-mounted (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
 
 
The two machine guns are mounted one in each wing. Each are armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire with each other until empty.
 
  
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
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{{main|G.A.M.Mn 50 (50 kg)|.1 (100 kg)}}
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{{main|G.A. MMN. 50 (50 kg)|No.1 (100 kg)}}
  
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
  
* 2 x 50 G.A.M.Mn 50 bombs (total = 100 kg)
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* 2 x 50 kg G.A. MMN. 50 bombs (100 kg total)
* 2 x 100 kg .1 bombs (total = 200 kg)
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* 2 x 100 kg No.1 bombs (200 kg total)
  
 
=== Defensive armament ===
 
=== Defensive armament ===
<!--''Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available remove this subsection.''-->
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<!-- ''Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available, remove this subsection.'' -->
{{main|Darne Mle 1923 (7.5 mm)}}
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{{main|Mle 1923 (7.5 mm)}}
  
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is defended by:
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is defended by:
  
* 1 x 7.5 mm [[Darne Mle 1923 (7.5 mm)|Mle 1923]] machine gun, rear-facing dorsal turret (750 rpg = 750 total)
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* 1 x 7.5 mm Mle 1923 machine gun, dorsal turret (750 rpg)
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== Usage in battles ==
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The V-156-F is a slow aircraft which leads it to having two options. The first is to hug the terrain. While flying to your target of choice (AAA sites, AA Vehicles or bases), fly along the terrain, utilize what hills and valleys there are to fly through. Time on target may be limited before the enemy gets there so line up your bombing run and drop bombs. This aircraft can manoeuvre fairly well, utilizing elevator and rudder controls and a nice turn time (upgraded) of 22 seconds (RB), you can quickly flip this aircraft around and return to ground attacking targets you just flew over.
  
== Usage in the battles ==
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The second option will be to gain altitude. Going too high will render your bombs ineffective. The idea here is to gain several thousand feet, fly towards your target of choice and then dive on it. During your dive, your aircraft will build up speed, to prevent too much speed build up and control stiffening, reduce your throttle and engage dive brakes (h). This will allow you a controlled descent and the ability to line up your target easier, the unfortunate downside is that now you are slowly moving in a straight line, an easy target for enemy fighters. Once you swoop on your target and release your bombs, engage full throttle and retract dive brakes.
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The V-156-F is a slow aircraft which leads it to having two options, first is to hug the terrain.  While flying to your target of choice (AAA sites, AA Vehicles or bases), fly along the terrain, utilize what hills and valleys there are to fly through.  Time on target may be limited before the enemy gets there so line up your bombing run and drop bombs.  This aircraft can maneuver fairly well, utilizing elevator and rudder controls, you can quickly flip this aircraft around and return to ground attacking targets you just flew over.
 
 
 
The second option will be to gain altitude. Going too high will render your bombs ineffective. The idea here is to gain several thousand feet, fly towards your target of choice and then dive on it. During your dive, your aircraft will build up speed, to prevent too much speed build up and control stiffening, reduce your throttle and engage dive brakes (h). This will allow you a controlled descent and the ability to line up your target easier, the unfortunate down side is that now you are slowly moving in a straight line, easy target for enemy fighters. Once you swoop on your target and release your bombs, engage full throttle and retract dive brakes.
 
  
While this aircraft is slow, it can be utilized to attack fighters if in a pinch. The maneuverability of this aircraft along with its slow speed can aid in forcing an attacking enemy to overshoot or underestimate the capabilities of this aircraft.  
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Although this aircraft is slow, it can be utilized to attack fighters if in a pinch. The manoeuvrability of this aircraft along with its slow speed can aid in forcing an attacking enemy to overshoot or underestimate the capabilities of this aircraft.
  
===Manual Engine Control===
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=== Manual Engine Control ===
 
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! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
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! colspan="3" | Radiator
! rowspan="2" |Supercharger
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! rowspan="2" | Supercharger
! rowspan="2" |Turbocharger
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! rowspan="2" | Turbocharger
 
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! Oil !! Water !! Type
! Water
 
! Type  
 
 
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| Controllable || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Separate || Not controllable<br>1 gear || Not controllable
 
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===Modules===
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! Tier
 
! Tier
! Flight performance
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! Survivability
 
! Survivability
! Weaponry
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| I
 
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| Fuselage repair
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| Radiator
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| Offensive 7 mm
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| II
 
| II
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| Compressor
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| Airframe
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| New 7 mm MGs
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| 100 GPs
 
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| III
 
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| Wings repair
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| Engine
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| Turret 7 mm
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| IV
 
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| Engine injection
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| Cover
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| New 7 mm MGs (turret)
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
* Maneuverable
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* Manoeuvrable
 
* Dual role dive bomber/attacker
 
* Dual role dive bomber/attacker
 
* Good diver
 
* Good diver
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* Has air brakes
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
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* Large target
 
* Large target
 
* Slow speed
 
* Slow speed
* Weak defensive weapons
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* Weak defensive armament
* Small payload
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* Armament is smaller calibre than its [[SB2 (Disambiguation)|American]] and [[V-156-B1|British]] counterparts
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* Worse payload options than its American and British counterparts (max payload 200 kg)
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* Rather long take off run
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* Only has landing flaps
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* The air brakes ''are'' the flaps, meaning that landing flaps cannot be deployed when the airbrakes are, and vice versa
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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The V-156-F had it's origins in a French variant of the American Vought SB2U Vindicator carrier-based dive bomber. The aircraft was intended to operate as a naval dive bomber off of the French aircraft carrier ''Bearn''. The aircraft underwent a series of major modifications before entering service with the French - the airbrakes were changed to include outerwing split brake flaps, the avionics were replaced with French versions, and the armament was changed to consist of French Mle 1923 machine guns. The aircraft also had it's "bomb crutch" bomb displacement system removed due to security reasons, and was replaced by French ''Alkan'' bomb sets.
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The French government ordered two batches of 20 aircraft for the ''Aeronavale'', which were delivered by late 1939. The aircraft were shipped via Canada to avoid being embargoed due to the US Neutrality act. The first of these aircraft formed ''Escadrille'' ''AB1,'' the first squadron to operate from the aircraft carrier ''Bearn''. When the old carrier was deemed too obselete for active service, the aircraft were moved ashore and served as land-based bombers.
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In November of 1939, the aircraft started making regular air patrols over the English Channel. It's first combat action occured in early 1940 when French V-156s were ordered to bomb a number of vital bridges in northern France. The aircraft managed to do significant damage despite the fact that the pilots hadn't been trained in ground attack; however, 5 aircraft were lost when Bf-109Es intercepted the bomber formation. The aircraft also assisted in the Dunkirk evacuations, and sank an Italian submarine. However, their success was rather short-lived, as the many of the aircraft were shot down; by the time of the French Armstice in June of 1940, only a few aircraft remained.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
''An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.''
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''Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.''
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== See also ==
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''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:''
  
== Read also ==
 
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example,''
 
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
''ETC.''
 
  
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== External links ==
 
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* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
* ''topic on the official game forum;''
* ''page on aircraft encyclopedia;''
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* ''other literature.''
 
* ''other literature.''
  
{{French bombers}}
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{{AirManufacturer Vought}}
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Latest revision as of 18:11, 9 November 2020

RANK 6 USA
"APACHE" | AH-64A Peten
V-156-F
v_156_f.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.3/1.3/1.3BR
2 peopleCrew
4.22 tTake-off weight
0.44 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
6800 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-1535-2Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
740 km/hStructural
440 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 7.5 mm Mle 1923 machine gunWeapon 1
2000 roundsAmmunition
1350 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
7.5 mm Mle 1923 machine gunTurret
750 roundsAmmunition
1350 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 50 kg G.A. MMN. 50Setup 1
2 x 100 kg No.1Setup 2
Economy
2900 Rp icon.pngResearch
700 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png370 / 466/370 / 466/220 / 277Repair
200 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
150 % Sl icon.png60 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the French bomber V-156-F. For the British version, see V-156-B1.

Description

GarageImage V156F.jpg


The V-156-F is a rank I French bomber with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

The SB2U-2 was developed in the early 1930s and was sold to the French as a V-156-F. This aircraft served on the French aircraft carrier Béarn, however at the outbreak of the war, the carrier was deemed too slow for service and both squadrons of V-156-F aircraft were transferred to land-based duty. The V-156-F was used continually until the French Armistice.

This aircraft is a fairly slow aircraft, but sturdy. Built as a dive-bomber, it excels at diving down above a target to release its bombs. The V-156-F is one of the only early aircraft in War Thunder which features dive brakes (key-bound to 'H' by default) to aid in slowing down during a dive, thereby helping prevent the ripping off of the wings in RB and SB. The V-156-F differs from its American siblings (SB2U-2/-3) in that it has additional air brakes mounted on the upper and lower surfaces of the wings which extend 90 degrees to the wing when utilized. Wing mounted machine guns allow for this aircraft to strafe softer ground or water targets while waiting for bombs to reload (AB). The rear-facing dorsal gunner helps to ward off enemy attackers, however it is not a game changer for this aircraft.

General info

Flight performance

Similar to its American and British counterparts, the V-156-F suffers from rather abysmal flight characteristics. It has a mediocre top speed of ~300 km/h at sea level stock, and slightly higher once spaded. However, the aircraft's main performance problem is its lack of engine power. The poor engine power output results in a terrible climb rate and almost-nonexistent acceleration. This means that the plane is realistically limited to terrain-hugging bombing runs as the plane will take half the match to climb to bombing altitude. As well, the engine overheats quite quickly when applying WEP meaning that the maximum throttle setting should not be used too often.

The aircraft's manoeuvring characteristics are also lacking, but have a few quirks. The plane has a poor turn rate at low speeds (<250 km/h) but can turn very quickly when travelling at higher speeds - in fact, it may be able to out-turn some fighters when entering the turn at 300-350 km/h. However, it cannot continuously turn at that rate, as its poor energy retention results in it bleeding speed quite quickly. The plane's flight controls are quite responsive, but will suffer from significant buffeting and lock-up past 550 km/h.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,084 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 343 328 6800 23.2 24.5 4.5 4.5 300
Upgraded 380 360 20.9 22.0 8.2 6.2

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
740 440 N/A N/A 700 ~13 ~7
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 300 < 350 < 320 > 299
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,895 m 750 hp 825 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 3 mm steel boxes behind the gunner
  • Self-sealing fuel tank located behind the pilot

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Mle 1923 (7.5 mm)

The V-156-F is armed with:

  • 2 x 7.5 mm Mle 1923 machine guns, wing-mounted (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)

Suspended armament

The V-156-F can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 2 x 50 kg G.A. MMN. 50 bombs (100 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg No.1 bombs (200 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Mle 1923 (7.5 mm)

The V-156-F is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.5 mm Mle 1923 machine gun, dorsal turret (750 rpg)

Usage in battles

The V-156-F is a slow aircraft which leads it to having two options. The first is to hug the terrain. While flying to your target of choice (AAA sites, AA Vehicles or bases), fly along the terrain, utilize what hills and valleys there are to fly through. Time on target may be limited before the enemy gets there so line up your bombing run and drop bombs. This aircraft can manoeuvre fairly well, utilizing elevator and rudder controls and a nice turn time (upgraded) of 22 seconds (RB), you can quickly flip this aircraft around and return to ground attacking targets you just flew over.

The second option will be to gain altitude. Going too high will render your bombs ineffective. The idea here is to gain several thousand feet, fly towards your target of choice and then dive on it. During your dive, your aircraft will build up speed, to prevent too much speed build up and control stiffening, reduce your throttle and engage dive brakes (h). This will allow you a controlled descent and the ability to line up your target easier, the unfortunate downside is that now you are slowly moving in a straight line, an easy target for enemy fighters. Once you swoop on your target and release your bombs, engage full throttle and retract dive brakes.

Although this aircraft is slow, it can be utilized to attack fighters if in a pinch. The manoeuvrability of this aircraft along with its slow speed can aid in forcing an attacking enemy to overshoot or underestimate the capabilities of this aircraft.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs 100 GPs
III Wings repair Engine Turret 7 mm
IV Engine injection Cover New 7 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Manoeuvrable
  • Dual role dive bomber/attacker
  • Good diver
  • Has air brakes

Cons:

  • Large target
  • Slow speed
  • Weak defensive armament
  • Armament is smaller calibre than its American and British counterparts
  • Worse payload options than its American and British counterparts (max payload 200 kg)
  • Rather long take off run
  • Only has landing flaps
  • The air brakes are the flaps, meaning that landing flaps cannot be deployed when the airbrakes are, and vice versa

History

The V-156-F had it's origins in a French variant of the American Vought SB2U Vindicator carrier-based dive bomber. The aircraft was intended to operate as a naval dive bomber off of the French aircraft carrier Bearn. The aircraft underwent a series of major modifications before entering service with the French - the airbrakes were changed to include outerwing split brake flaps, the avionics were replaced with French versions, and the armament was changed to consist of French Mle 1923 machine guns. The aircraft also had it's "bomb crutch" bomb displacement system removed due to security reasons, and was replaced by French Alkan bomb sets.

The French government ordered two batches of 20 aircraft for the Aeronavale, which were delivered by late 1939. The aircraft were shipped via Canada to avoid being embargoed due to the US Neutrality act. The first of these aircraft formed Escadrille AB1, the first squadron to operate from the aircraft carrier Bearn. When the old carrier was deemed too obselete for active service, the aircraft were moved ashore and served as land-based bombers.

In November of 1939, the aircraft started making regular air patrols over the English Channel. It's first combat action occured in early 1940 when French V-156s were ordered to bomb a number of vital bridges in northern France. The aircraft managed to do significant damage despite the fact that the pilots hadn't been trained in ground attack; however, 5 aircraft were lost when Bf-109Es intercepted the bomber formation. The aircraft also assisted in the Dunkirk evacuations, and sank an Italian submarine. However, their success was rather short-lived, as the many of the aircraft were shot down; by the time of the French Armstice in June of 1940, only a few aircraft remained.

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Chance Vought Aircraft
Fighters  F4U-1A · F4U-1A (USMC) · F4U-1C · F4U-1D · F4U-4 · F4U-4B · F4U-4B VMF-214
Float planes  OS2U-1 · OS2U-3
Attackers  AU-1
Bombers  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3
Export  V-156-B1 · V-156-F · ▄Corsair F Mk II · F4U-7
Captured  ▅F4U-1A

France bombers
Farman  F.222.2 · N.C.223.3
Potez  Potez 633
Liore et Olivier  LeO 451 early · LeO 451 late
Bloch  M.B.174A-3 · M.B.162 · M.B.175T
American  V-156-F · Martin 167-A3 · ▄A-35B · ▄SB2C-5 · ▄PB4Y-2