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United States' Vought F4U-4 Corsair fighter

Design

Engine

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

Prototype

The F4U-4 prototype was converted from an F4U-1 and flew on April 19, 1944.

Production

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

  • Vought F4U-4: 1,912 (by September 1945), 2,356, 2,357
    • Manufacturer: Vought
    • Production: ? - 1947
  • Goodyear FG-4: 200
    • Manufacturer: Goodyear
  • Vought F4U-4B: 294
    • Manufacturer: Vought
  • Vought F4U-4N: 1
    • Manufacturer: Vought
  • Vought F4U-4P: 9
    • Manufacturer: Vought

Variants

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

Usage

The United States used the F4U-4 Corsair. Only a few were used against the Japanese. Deliveries started in October 1944.

Specifications

  Vought F4U-4 Corsair
Type Carrier fighter, Fighter bomber
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W Double Wasp
OR Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W Double Wasp water methanol
Cylinders Radial 18
Cooling  
HP Dry: 2,100
Water methanol: 2,450
2,450
Propeller blades 4, 4 constant speed
Dimensions  
Span 40' 11.75", 41'
12.49 m
Length 33' 8"
10.26 m
Height 14' 9"
4.5 m
Wing area 314 ft2
Weight  
Empty 9,205 lb
4,175 kg
Loaded 14,670 lb
6,654 kg
Performance  
Speed @ 26,200' /
7,985 m
446 mph
718 kph
Cruising speed 215 mph
346 kph
Climb 3,870'/minute
1,180 m/minute
Service ceiling 41,500'
12,650 m
Range 1,005 miles
1,617 km
Range - loaded 1,005 miles
Range - max 1,560 miles
Armament  
Wings 6: 0.5" MG
6: .50 cal MG
Bombs 2: 1,000 lb
2,000 lb
2: 454 kg
OR  
Rockets 8
2: 11.75"
6: HVAR

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