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United States' Vought F4U-4 Corsair fighter

Design

Engine

The F4U-4 had a 2,450 HP engine installed.2 It used water injection.3

Prototype

The F4U-4 prototype was converted from an F4U-1 and flew on April 19, 1944.1

Production

The first F4U-4 production model flew on September 20, 1944.1 Deliveries began in late 1944 to the United States Navy.1

  • Vought F4U-4: 1,912 (by September 1945)3, 2,3562, 2,3573
    • Manufacturer: Vought3
    • Production: ? - 19471,2
  • Goodyear FG-4: 2003
    • Manufacturer: Goodyear3
  • Vought F4U-4B: 2943
    • Manufacturer: Vought3
  • Vought F4U-4N: 13
    • Manufacturer: Vought3
  • Vought F4U-4P: 93
    • Manufacturer: Vought3

Variants

  • Vought F4U-4:
  • Vought F4U-4B: Four 20 mm cannons in wings.1,3
  • Vought F4U-4N: Night fighter.3 Had radar.3
  • Vought F4U-4P: Photo reconnaissance.1,3

Usage

The United States used the F4U-4 Corsair.1 Only a few were used against the Japanese.2 Deliveries started in October 1944.3

Specifications

  Vought F4U-4 Corsair1
Type Carrier fighter1, Fighter bomber3
Crew 11,3
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W Double Wasp1,3
OR Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W Double Wasp water methanol1
Cylinders Radial 181,3
Cooling  
HP Dry: 2,1001
Water methanol: 2,4501
2,4502,3
Propeller blades 41, 4 constant speed3
Dimensions  
Span 40' 11.75"1, 41'3
12.49 m1
Length 33' 8"1,3
10.26 m1
Height 14' 9"1
4.5 m1
Wing area 314 ft2 3
Weight  
Empty 9,205 lb1,3
4,175 kg1
Loaded 14,670 lb1,3
6,654 kg1
Performance  
Speed @ 26,200' /
7,985 m
446 mph1,3
718 kph1
Cruising speed 215 mph1,3
346 kph1
Climb 3,870'/minute1
1,180 m/minute1
Service ceiling 41,500'1,3
12,650 m1
Range 1,005 miles1
1,617 km1
Range - loaded 1,005 miles3
Range - max 1,560 miles3
Armament  
Wings 6: 0.5" MG1
6: .50 cal MG3
Bombs 2: 1,000 lb1
2,000 lb3
2: 454 kg1
OR  
Rockets 81
2: 11.75"3
6: HVAR3

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  3. American Attack Aircraft Since 1926, E. R. Johnson, 2012
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site