Chance Vought F4U Corsair


F4U-1D of VMF-211, Philippines, July 1945
F4U-1D of VMF-211, Philippines, July 1945
The Corsair was the first plane to use the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine, even before the Hellcat and P-47 Thunderbolt prototypes. Much more innovative and offering higher performance than its Grumman counterpart, the F6F Hellcat, the F4U suffered at first from several problems (unforgiving low-speed handling, stiff landing gear causing the plane to bounce on touchdown) that led the US Navy to refuse the fighter for use aboard carriers; the F4U earned at this time the nickname "Ensign Eliminator". The first squadrons to use the plane were therefore land-based, most of them being US Marines squadrons. It would take nearly two years after delivery of the first Corsairs for the plane to be accepted as a US Navy carrier-based fighter.

Development

Chance Vought F4U-1D Corsair Chance Vought F4U-1D Corsair
Engine Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W Double Wasp, 18 cylinder radial 2,250 hp
Weight empty: 4,100 kg (9,040 lb) - with full load: 6,400 kg (14,100 lb)
Armament 6x 12.7mm wing-mounted machine guns
Performance Max speed: 635 km/h (395 mph) Ceiling: 11,280 m (37,000 ft)

Vought produced 4,699 Corsairs of the F4U-1 line, Goodyear made 4,006 and Brewster 735.

Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair
Engine Pratt & Whitney R-2800-42W Double Wasp, 18 cylinder radial 2,500 hp
Weight empty: 4,100 kg (9,040 lb) - with full load: 6,400 kg (14,100 lb)
Armament 6x 12.7 mm (.50 cal) wing-mounted machine guns
Performance Max speed: 724 km/h (450 mph) Ceiling: 12,500 m (41,500 ft)

Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
Just like its real-life counterpart, the WarBirds© Corsair is at least at interesting as a bomber with its 2,000 lb ordnance capability, as it is as a fighter. Yet, in air-to-air combat, the F4U benefits from its excellent roll rate and top speed.

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