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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.3
  • Vought F4U-1A: Raised the cockpit and canopy had a clear view.3,4,6 Available in mid-1943.6 Main gear and tail wheel improved.6 In mid-1944 was cleared for carrier operations.5
  • Vought F4U-1B: Developed for Britain.3
  • Vought F4U-1C: Had four 20 mm cannons.2,3,6
  • Vought F4U-1D: Fighter bomber.3,6 More powerful engine.4 Heavier armament.4 Available April 1944.6
  • Vought F4U-1P: Photo reconnaissance.3
  • Goodyear FG-1: Goodyear license built.6 Land based only, without folding wings.6
  • Goodyear FG-1D: Same as F4U-1D.6
  • Brewster F3A-1: Brewster license built.6 Land based only, without folding wings.6
  • Brewster F3A-1:
  • Brewster F3A-1D: Same as F4U-1D.6
  • Vought F4U-2: Night fighter.3 Starboard wing mounted pod radar.3 32 converted from F4U-1s.3

Usage

The F4U-1 Corsair was used by Britain, New Zealand, and the United States.3

New Zealand

New Zealand used the 364 / 3704 F4U-1As and F4U-1Ds primarily for close support.3,4

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom flew the Corsair from their carriers for the first time in 1943.1

The HMS Victorious first used the Corsair IIs in combat.6

The No. 1834 Squadron first used the Corsair in combat in a mission against the Tirpitz on April 3, 1944.2,3

How many received by Lend Lease:

  • Corsair Mk I (F4U-1): 953
  • Corsair Mk II (F4U-1A): 5103
  • Corsair Mk III (F4U-1D, F3A-1): 4303
  • Corsair Mk IV (FG-1): 9773
  • Total: 2,0124, 2,3826

United States Carrier Operations

In January 1945 the first F4U-1Ds and FG-1Ds were used from American carriers.5

Specifications

  Vought F4U-1 Corsair
Type

Carrier fighter2, Carrier fighter

bomber3, Fighter4,5

Crew 12,3,4
Engine (Type) 1: Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp5
1: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 Double Wasp piston2,3,4
OR Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W Double Wasp, water injected3
Cylinders Radial2,5, Radial 183,4
Cooling Air4
HP 2,0005
-8: 2,0002,3,4
-8W: 2,2503
Propeller blades 33
Fuel quantity - nose  
Dimensions  
Span 40'5, 40' 11.75"3, 41'2,4
12.49 m3, 12.5 m2
Length 30'5, 33' 4"3,4, 33' 4.5"2
10.16 m3, 10.17 m2
Height 15' 0.25"3, 15' 1"4, 16' 1"2
4.58 m3, 4.9 m2
Wing area 314 ft2 2
29.17 m2 2
Weight  
Empty 8,982 lb2
4,074 kg2
Loaded 9,000 lb5, 14,000 lb2,4
6,350 kg2
Performance  
Speed 400 mph5
Speed @ 19,900' 417 mph4
Speed @ 19,900' /
6,065 m
417 mph3
671 kph3
Speed @ 19,900' /
6,066 m
417 mph2
671 kph2
Cruising speed 182 mph3
293 kph3
Climb 2,890'/minute2, 3,120'/minute3
881 m/minute2, 950 m/minute3
Service ceiling 36,900'2,3,4
11,245 m2, 11,250 m3
Range 1,015 miles2,3,4
1,633 km2,3
Armament 6: MG4
Wings 6: 12.7 mm MG2
  Vought F4U-1A Corsair
Type Fighter1
Carrier fighter1
Fighter bomber1
Crew 11
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 Double Wasp piston1
OR  
Cylinders Radial 181
Cooling  
HP 2,0001
Propeller blades 31
Fuel quantity - nose 237 gallons1
896 liters1
Dimensions  
Span 41'1
12.49 m1
Length 33' 5"1
10.16 m1
Height 15' 1"1
4.9 m1
Wing area 314 ft2 1
29.17 m2 1
Weight  
Empty 9,000 lb1
4,074 kg1
Loaded 14,000 lb1
6,350 kg1
Performance  
Speed  
Speed @ 20,000' /
6,605 m
417 mph1
671 kph1
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 37,000'1
11,247 m1
Range 1,010 miles1
1,650 km1
Armament  
Wings 6: 12.7 mm Browning M2 MG1
outboard - 400 rounds per gun
inboard - 375 rounds per gun
Bombs or
Rockets
4,000 lb1
1,800 kg1
  Vought F4U-1D Corsair, F3A-1D Corsair, FG-1D Corsair
Type Fighter bomber3,4
Crew 13,4
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W water injected2,6,
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W Double Wasp4
Cylinders Radial 184
Cooling Air4
HP 2,0004, 2,2506
Propeller blades  
Fuel quantity - nose  
Dimensions  
Span 40' 11"4
Length 33' 4"4
Height 15' 1"4
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 8,873 lb3
4,025 kg3
Loaded 13,120 lb4, 14,000 lb3
6,350 kg3
Performance  
Speed  
Speed @ 20,000' 425 mph4
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 37,000'4
Range 1,015 miles4
Armament 6: MG4
Wings 6: 0.5" MG3
Bombs 2: 1,000 lb2,3,6
2,000 lb4
2: 454 kg2,3
OR  
Rockets 83,6
8: 5"2
8: 127 mm2

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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