XP-50

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VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
XP-50
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XP-50
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Description

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The XP-50 is a premium rank III American twin-engine fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/SB) and 3.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.31.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,700 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
651 640 10400 21.0 21.4 18.6 21.0 444
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,700 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
713 681 10400 18.5 19.7 34.0 25.0 444

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
480 ~10 ~6
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 350 < 400 < 350 > 300
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,520 m 2,200 hp 2,398 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 9.5 mm steel - bulkhead in front of cockpit
  • 9.5 mm steel - behind pilot

Armaments

Offensive armament

The XP-50 is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannons, nose-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, nose-mounted (500 rpg = 1,000 total)

Usage in battles

Its excellent climb rate and acceleration make this plane great for energy fighting. It won't be hard to get altitude advantage upon the majority of your opponents, which this plane can out-climb.

Use your climb rate to be the highest plane of the battle: by wepping you should be able to climb at a 25 - 30° angle quite easily. Your priority targets are the highest enemies.

If you notice you were out-climbed, don't hesitate to roll away and climb more as a dive is a risky trade with this plane. If an enemy climbs to catch you, make a 90° climb at full power and when they starts to stall, try to boom & zoom them. Use your acceleration and/or climb rate if someone gets on your six to lose them.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

As a premium vehicle, all modifications are already equipped when purchasing the XP-50.

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Cover New 20 mm cannons

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent climb rate.
  • Great acceleration.
  • Good manoeuvrability.
  • Powerful weaponry, thanks to the two AN/M2 cannons.
  • Good cockpit visibility.
  • The engine quickly cools down if you idle the power.
  • Good dive speed.

Cons:

  • Only 120 cannon shells and, once gone, only two .50 MGs
  • Overheats quite fast while using WEP.
  • Manoeuvrability not as responsive during long steep dives.
  • Fragile, air frame.
  • Hard to survive a engine fire.

History

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Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
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USA twin-engine fighters
P-38  XP-38G · P-38E · P-38G-1 · P-38J-15 · Bong's P-38J-15 · P-38L-5-LO · P-38K · YP-38
P-61  P-61A-1 · P-61C-1
F7F  F7F-1 · F7F-3
Other  XF5F · XP-50 · F-82E

USA premium aircraft
Fighters  Thach's F2A-1 · Galer's F3F-2 · F2G-1 · F4U-4B VMF-214 · P-26A-34 · P-40C · P-43A-1
  P-47M-1-RE · ⋠P-47M-1-RE · P-51A · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · ␠Kingcobra · XP-55
  ▃A6M2 · ▃Ki-43-II · ▃Ki-61-Ib · ▃Bf 109 F-4 · ▃Fw 190 A-8 · ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc
Twin-engine fighters  XP-38G · Bong's P-38J-15 · P-38K · YP-38 · P-61A-1 · XF5F · XP-50 · F7F-3
Jet fighters  P-59A · AV-8A · F-86F-35 · F-89B · F-89D
Attackers  A2D-1 · AU-1 · XA-38
Bombers  A-26C-45DT · B-10B · BTD-1 · PBM-3 "Mariner" · PV-2D