The payload can be useful but this plane is one of the best fighters I've ever flown. I used to fly it as a fighter bomber but I was using it as a fighter to grind out the D 521. It's absolutely amazing as a dog fighter/interceptor. Don't even spawn with rockets and bombs, just light people on fire. I went 1 and 24 between the two P47 Ds. I wish I had known this earlier.