The Brewster F2A-1 Buffalo, is an American naval fighter famous for being the first monoplane to enter service in the U.S. Navy. The F2A-1 currently sits at Rank 1 in the American line with an upfront cost of 1,000 .
Design, Development & Operational HistoryEdit
The Brewster F2A Buffalo was the first monoplane carrier-based fighter that served in the American fleet. The aircraft had an all-metal construction, with the exception of the control surfaces, which were covered with cloth.
In 1935, the U.S. Navy announced a competition to create a carrier-based fighter which was to replace the obsolete F3F biplanes. The competitors were the Brewster F2A, the Seversky P-35 and the Grumman XF4F-1 biplane, the latter was never built. The competition was won by the Brewster company and mass production of their F2A began in the summer of 1938. The original F2A boasted two 7.62 mm Browning guns and a Wright R-1820-22 Cyclone engine.
The first variant of the Buffalo, the F2A-1, differed from the initial prototype with one of the 7.62 mm guns replaced by a 12.7 mm M2 Browning and a larger tail fin. Of the 55 F2A-1's produced, only 11 entered service in the U.S. Navy. Finland, which was less demanding than other countries with regards to fighter specs, bought the rest of the planes, which were then slightly altered for use on airfields under the designation "Model B-239". Finland made ample use of these during the Continuation War.
In-Game Strategy Edit
The F2A-1 is, at the very least, a jack of all trades. It is one of the easier low-tier planes to master due to its impressive top speed for a Tier 1 fighter, as well as its great turn time. This makes it useful for booming and zooming, as well as turn-fighting. Although it can turn-fight, it is no match for any of the Japanese planes of its rank. The 12.7 mm Browning is the highlight of the fighter. The Buffalo's armament is more than sufficient for taking out the Reserve Planes it commonly faces, but it can struggle to do damage against the more heavily armored, metal aircraft of its tier such as the Ju-87. One should not try climbing in the F2A, it is simpler and far easier to use its speed to an advantage than to slowly climb to an advantageous altitude.
In Realistic and Simulator battles, an adept pilot would pay close attention to the F2A-1's ammo count, as there are only 500 rounds in total. Despite this, the F2A-1 is a great fighter that can catch and shoot down almost anything, and is easy for new pilots to fly.
This plane should be reserched in priority very early in the game because it's a stepping stone that allows researching the F2A-3 with its four potent 12.7mm guns, providing a quick path to more firepower than just about any other early Tier-I plane.