Vampire FB 52A

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This page is about the Italian jet fighter Vampire FB 52A. For other versions, see Vampire FB 5 and J28B.
Vampire FB 52A
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Vampire FB 52A
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Description

The Vampire FB 52A is a rank V Italian jet fighter with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision". It is the first jet in the Italian tree's export fighter line, and is placed after the Re.2005 serie 0. It is followed by the rank VI fighter, the CL-13 Mk.4. The Vampire FB 52A is an export version of the British Vampire FB 6, itself an upgraded version of the Vampire FB 5 with an improved engine.

General info

Flight performance

Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 4 572 m882 km/h
Turn time24 s
Max altitude10 668 m
Enginede Havilland Goblin 3
TypeJet
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight6 t

The Vampire cannot reach the speeds a MiG-9 (l) or an F2H-2 can, it cannot accelerate as well as many of its counterparts, and it is appalling in a dive against most of its opponents. However, the Vampire has one impressive advantage against its jet-powered opponents: it can turn incredibly well. In fact, a good analogy to flying the Vampire is fighting jets in propeller aircraft.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,572 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 842 816 10668 24.8 25.6 16.6 15.5 650
Upgraded 917 882 23.8 24.0 26.0 21.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
888 330 496 464 300 ~10 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 550 < 600 < 600 N/A

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
de Havilland Goblin 3 1 3,502 kg 195 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Takeoff
Weight
Weight (each) Type 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 35m fuel
705 kg Centrifugal-flow turbojet 3,866 kg 4,179 kg 4,517 kg 4,715 kg 5,606 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (100%)
Condition 100% WEP 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 35m fuel MTOW
Stationary 1,410 kgf N/A 0.36 0.34 0.31 0.30 0.25
Optimal 1,410 kgf
(0 km/h)
N/A 0.36 0.34 0.31 0.30 0.25

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural888 km/h
Gear330 km/h
Armour Plates
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot's head.
  • 3 mm Steel plate below the engine.

The Vampire provides adequate protection to the pilot, as well as some armour under the engine. As with most jets, damage to the wings or fuselage greatly hampers flight performance, decreasing top speed and manoeuvrability. There are quite a few fuel tanks located in this plane's wings, so fuel fires may be common, especially when taking a high fuel loadout.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 060 → 5 383 Sl icon.png
RB13 710 → 18 179 Sl icon.png
SB3 040 → 4 031 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications99 400 Rp icon.png
161 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training90 000 Sl icon.png
Experts310 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces720 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 270 / 570 % Sl icon.png
196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
9 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
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Compressor
Research:
7 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
8 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
8 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods g suit.png
G-suit
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
7 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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hispano_belt_pack
Research:
9 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
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GLBC mk.3
Research:
7 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods weapon.png
hispano_mk5_new_gun
Research:
8 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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GRC mk.8
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition600 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: Hispano Mk.V (20 mm)

The Vampire FB 52A is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannons, chin-mounted (150 rpg = 600 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups2
List of setups
Setup 12 x 1000 lb G.P. Mk.I bomb
Setup 24 x RP-3 rockets
4 x RP-3 rockets
Main articles: G.P. Mk.I (1,000 lb), RP-3

The Vampire FB 52A can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x 1,000 lb G.P. Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 8 x RP-3 rockets

Usage in battles

The Vampire is well-known for its ability to turn on a dime, but its incredible manoeuvrability also means that it has poor manoeuvring energy retention. Climbing is important for this plane, as is careful airspeed maintenance. When in a battle situation, it is advisable to always stay above 400 km/h; any slower, and the Vampire will greatly struggle to evade enemy fire.

If the Vampire is able to keep its energy, it becomes one of the best dogfighters at this rank. It can outturn nearly every other jet of its tier, and has a powerful engine to boot. Thanks to its great manoeuvrability, it is often quite easy to line up a shot against the enemy. One common tactic is to try luring the enemy into a turnfight. The Vampire will almost always come out on top. However, never commit to a dogfight if there are multiple enemies nearby. Turning will cause the Vampire's airspeed to fall dramatically, at which point enemies can easily swoop in and destroy it.

It is valuable to note that the Vampire has a low top speed for a jet, at only ~880 km/h. It also tends to compress as higher speeds. The Vampire may have difficulty in chasing down a faster enemy. Also note that firing the main cannon armament causes a downward recoil.

For attacking ground targets, the Vampire can be equipped with either bombs or rockets.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful armament
  • Great manoeuvrability
  • Decent payload options
  • Good cockpit visibility
  • Good at gliding without engine power

Cons:

  • Low top speed and acceleration
  • Weapon create significant recoil
  • Poor dive rate

History

The de Havilland Vampire was an early British jet fighter. Its development began in 1941 and the design boasted several novel features. It was powered by a single turbojet engine in contrast to the twin engined Gloster Meteor due to the availability of more powerful engines; most production Vampires were powered by the Goblin engine, also manufactured by the de Havilland company. The twin-boom tail design allowed the fuselage to be kept short, reducing the length of the jet pipe and maximizing the amount of effective thrust by minimizing energy losses from friction. The air intakes were also located in the wing roots as opposed to directly in front of the engine. The fuselage was largely constructed of balsa wood as on the de Havilland Mosquito. While the Vampire first flew only months after the Meteor in 1943, it arrived too late to see combat in World War II. In Royal Air Force service, the initial Vampire F.1 variant replaced propeller fighters. Later fighter-bomber versions under the "FB" designation were capable of serving ground attack roles, leaving air defence to the better suited Meteor. While the Vampire was not an impressive jet aircraft in terms of speed, climb rate, or range, it was agile and easy to handle. It would ultimately equip 33 air forces over more than 30 years of service. The RAF retired the Vampire from combat roles in 1954 but retained the trainer variants until 1971. The design was developed further into the de Havilland Venom, which had a new engine and wing.

The Vampire FB.52 was an export version of the Vampire FB.6, which itself was sold to and license produced by Switzerland. Compared to the preceding FB.5, the FB.6 had a new Goblin 3 engine offering about 1.1 kN/112 kgf of extra thrust over the Goblin 2. The basic FB.52 was exported to Norway, New Zealand, and other operators. The Vampire FB.52A was a subvariant for Italy with minor differences. According to one source, the Italian Air Force received 51 FB.52As from Britain in 1950, and 195 subsequent aircraft were manufactured locally by Fiat and Macchi. Other sources differ on the production numbers. A considerable number of FB.52As were delivered by Italy to Egypt and possibly Syria from 1955-56.

The Vampire's service in Italian hands was uneventful. They were retired by 1960, being replaced by the F-84 Thunderjet and other aircraft. The Egyptian Air Force used its Vampires, largely consisting of FB.52s and FB.52As, in conflicts with Israel. Several were lost to Israeli Meteors and many were destroyed during the invasion of the Suez Canal in 1956. Afterwards, the Vampires were retired and replaced with Soviet aircraft.

Media

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See also

  • Vampire FB 5: An equivalent in the British tech tree
  • J28B: An equivalent in the Swedish tech tree

External links


de Havilland Aircraft Company Limited
Fighters  Hornet Mk.I · Hornet Mk.III · Mosquito FB Mk VI · Mosquito FB Mk XVIII
Jet fighters  Vampire FB 5 · Venom FB.4 · Sea Venom FAW 20 · Sea Vixen F.A.W. Mk.2
Export  Mosquito FB.Mk.26 · Vampire FB 52A · A28B

Italy jet aircraft
Aefer  Sagittario 2
Fiat  G.91 pre-serie · G.91 R/1 · G.91 R/4 · G.91 YS
Foreign  ▄F-84F · ▄F-84G-21-RE · CL-13 Mk.4 · ▄F-86K · ▄F-104G · F-104S
  Vampire FB 52A