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United States' Vought F4U-1 Corsair fighter

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Vought F4U-1 Corsair fighter:
United States' Vought F4U-1 Corsair fighter
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Vought F4U-1 Corsair fighter:
United States' Vought F4U-1 Corsair fighter
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook

Variants

  • Vought F4U-1: Had the cockpit moved to the rear 3' compared to the prototype.
  • Vought F4U-1A: Raised the cockpit and canopy had a clear view. Available in mid-1943. Main gear and tail wheel improved. In mid-1944 was cleared for carrier operations.
  • Vought F4U-1B: Developed for Britain.
  • Vought F4U-1C: Had four 20 mm cannons.
  • Vought F4U-1D: Fighter bomber. More powerful engine. Heavier armament. Available April 1944.
  • Vought F4U-1P: Photo reconnaissance.
  • Goodyear FG-1: Goodyear license built. Land based only, without folding wings.
  • Goodyear FG-1D: Same as F4U-1D.
  • Brewster F3A-1: Brewster license built. Land based only, without folding wings.
  • Brewster F3A-1:
  • Brewster F3A-1D: Same as F4U-1D.
  • Vought F4U-2: Night fighter. Starboard wing mounted pod radar. 32 converted from F4U-1s.

Usage

The F4U-1 Corsair was used by Britain, New Zealand, and the United States.

New Zealand

New Zealand used the 364 / 370 F4U-1As and F4U-1Ds primarily for close support.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom flew the Corsair from their carriers for the first time in 1943.

The HMS Victorious first used the Corsair IIs in combat.

The No. 1834 Squadron first used the Corsair in combat in a mission against the Tirpitz on April 3, 1944.

How many received by Lend Lease:

  • Corsair Mk I (F4U-1): 95
  • Corsair Mk II (F4U-1A): 510
  • Corsair Mk III (F4U-1D, F3A-1): 430
  • Corsair Mk IV (FG-1): 977
  • Total: 2,012, 2,382

United States Carrier Operations

In January 1945 the first F4U-1Ds and FG-1Ds were used from American carriers.

Specifications

  Vought F4U-1 Corsair
Type

Carrier fighter, Carrier fighter

bomber, Fighter

Crew 1
Engine (Type) 1: Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp
1: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 Double Wasp piston
OR Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W Double Wasp, water injected
Cylinders Radial, Radial 18
Cooling Air
HP 2,000
-8: 2,000
-8W: 2,250
Propeller blades 3
Fuel quantity - nose  
Dimensions  
Span 40', 40' 11.75", 41'
12.49 m, 12.5 m
Length 30', 33' 4", 33' 4.5"
10.16 m, 10.17 m
Height 15' 0.25", 15' 1", 16' 1"
4.58 m, 4.9 m
Wing area 314 ft2
29.17 m2
Weight  
Empty 8,982 lb
4,074 kg
Loaded 9,000 lb, 14,000 lb
6,350 kg
Performance  
Speed 400 mph
Speed @ 19,900' 417 mph
Speed @ 19,900' /
6,065 m
417 mph
671 kph
Speed @ 19,900' /
6,066 m
417 mph
671 kph
Cruising speed 182 mph
293 kph
Climb 2,890'/minute, 3,120'/minute
881 m/minute, 950 m/minute
Service ceiling 36,900'
11,245 m, 11,250 m
Range 1,015 miles
1,633 km
Armament 6: MG
Wings 6: 12.7 mm MG
  Vought F4U-1A Corsair
Type Fighter
Carrier fighter
Fighter bomber
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 Double Wasp piston
OR  
Cylinders Radial 18
Cooling  
HP 2,000
Propeller blades 3
Fuel quantity - nose 237 gallons
896 liters
Dimensions  
Span 41'
12.49 m
Length 33' 5"
10.16 m
Height 15' 1"
4.9 m
Wing area 314 ft2
29.17 m2
Weight  
Empty 9,000 lb
4,074 kg
Loaded 14,000 lb
6,350 kg
Performance  
Speed  
Speed @ 20,000' /
6,605 m
417 mph
671 kph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 37,000'
11,247 m
Range 1,010 miles
1,650 km
Armament  
Wings 6: 12.7 mm Browning M2 MG
outboard - 400 rounds per gun
inboard - 375 rounds per gun
Bombs or
Rockets
4,000 lb
1,800 kg
  Vought F4U-1D Corsair, F3A-1D Corsair, FG-1D Corsair
Type Fighter bomber
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W water injected,
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W Double Wasp
Cylinders Radial 18
Cooling Air
HP 2,000, 2,250
Propeller blades  
Fuel quantity - nose  
Dimensions  
Span 40' 11"
Length 33' 4"
Height 15' 1"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 8,873 lb
4,025 kg
Loaded 13,120 lb, 14,000 lb
6,350 kg
Performance  
Speed  
Speed @ 20,000' 425 mph
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 37,000'
Range 1,015 miles
Armament 6: MG
Wings 6: 0.5" MG
Bombs 2: 1,000 lb
2,000 lb
2: 454 kg
OR  
Rockets 8
8: 5"
8: 127 mm

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, General Editor: Jim Winchester, 2004
  2. Fighting Aircraft of World War II, Editor: Karen Leverington, 1995
  3. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  4. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  5. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  6. American Attack Aircraft Since 1926, E. R. Johnson, 2012
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