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|This page is about the aircraft Venom FB.4. For other uses, see Venom (Disambiguation)|
The Venom FB.4 is a Rank V British jet fighter with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.43.
Naturally, the Venom follows the basic principles of jet combat. It must keep its speed, turn when necessary, the pilot should avoid speed costly manoeuvres and prefer lag-displacement manoeuvres to any sort of deceleration manoeuvre, unless in critical situations in which the method of energy loss should never be shutting the engine off - instead, utilize the Venom's air brakes.
The Venom has a great engine, much better than the Vampire's engine, meaning that the two aircraft, despite the similar configuration, should not be held as equivalents. Also, the Venom is a heavier aircraft that is not as nimble as the Vampire. However, it can sustain manoeuvres much better.
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Survivability and armour
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
- 12.7 mm Steel - Armored plate behind the pilot
- 3 mm Steel - Armored plate under the engine
The Venom FB.4 is armed with:
- 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.V cannon, nose-mounted (150 rpg = 600 total)
Main article: Bombs
The Venom FB.4 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
- Without load
- 2 x G.P. 1,000 lb Mk.I bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 2 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
- 8 x RP-3 rockets
- 8 x RP-3 rockets + 2 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
Usage in the battles
The Venom's play style should be a healthy mix of the two dominating ways of flying jet fighters. The Venom is a fast aircraft, and keeping it fast is important in order to keep up with enemies and to have enough energy to sustain manoeuvres - it should be noted that the Venom is impossible to rip from G's, at least without a very strong effort to do so, so the Venom is indeed a good high-speed performer. However, it does not best neither the MiG-15bis nor the F-86F-2 in level flight. Therefore, speed alone cannot be relied on for fighting top-tier jets.
On the other hand, the impressive force-to-weight ratio of the Venom's engine means that pilots should use its sustained rate of climb as an advantage. When fighting Soviet opposition - mostly MiG-15's, the advantage in rate of climb falls in relevance, since that is one of the MiG's great trump cards. However, Venom pilots should always climb a bit instead of "mowing the lawn". 600 to 800 kph is a good range of speed to climb into the battlefield, maintaining airspeed, yet gaining altitude and opening the range of opportunities to engage.
Venom pilots should avoid being alone - in fact, the Venom can excel at baiting enemies and/or making them lose energy, leaving them vulnerable to engagement by allied fighters. The fact that the Venom is not the fastest of top-tier jets means that being alone vs two or more enemies requires a multitude of defensive manoeuvres (the Venom excels at lag displacement rolls aka. barrel rolls) to come out alive. Sometimes, all it takes is a barrel roll to get behind an enemy and shoot it down, but against multiple opponents that think before manoeuvring, being alone can spell disaster.
|I||Fuselage Repair||Offensive 20 mm|
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|III||Wings Repair||Engine||New 20 mm Cannons|
Pros and cons
- Very manoeuvrable for a top jet, comparable to the Meteor Mk 8 with a better roll rate
- Good sustained climb rate, capable of catching up to Me 163s in a sustained climb
- Stable gun platform
- Better cockpit visibility than the Vampire by a bit, depending on your preference it may be the second best to the Hawker Hunter
- Inefficient air brakes
- Tail strikes on take-off and landings may be devastating
- Reaches wing-ripping G-forces easily (+12 G)
- Reaches G-LOC easily thanks to manoeuvrability
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|Britain jet aircraft|
|Gloster||Meteor F Mk 3 · Meteor F Mk 4 type G.41F · Meteor F Mk 4 type G.41G · Meteor F Mk 8 G.41K · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper · Javelin F.(A.W.) Mk.9|
|Vampire FB 5 · Venom FB.4 · Hunter F 1|
|Naval||Attacker FB 1 · Sea Venom FAW 20 · Sea Meteor F Mk 3|
|Bombers||Canberra B Mk 2 · Canberra B (I) Mk 6|