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F4U "Corsair"

Shipborne Fighter



The plane Chance Vought (V-166) F4U Corsair was one of the best shipborne fighters of World War II.

The designing of this plane began in 1938y. The company Vought has developed smallest plane, with what only it was possible, and has equipped with its by most powerful of available then engines - Pratt and Whitney XR-2800 Double Wasp. The strongly bent developing wing of a type the seagull was designed, due to what gear the chassis it was not necessary to make long. Other elements of the plane were usual.

In total is constructed 12571 fighters Corsair.

Fighters Corsair battled in NAVY USA in Pacific ocean, where with April, 1944 were won in not less than 2140 air fights, were lost 189 machines.

About 35 planes is in a condition of the validity to flights now.

F4U-4 Specification
Crew 1
Wing span 41 ft (12.5 m)
Length 33 ft 8 in (10.3 m)
Height 16 ft 1 in (4.90 m)
Wing Area 314 sq ft (29.17 sq m)
1 × PE Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W, eighteen-cylinder radial engine 2,100 hp (1,567 kW) at sea level
1,950 hp (1,455 kW) at 23,300 ft (7,102 m)
Empty 9,205 lb (4,175 kg)
Loaded weight 12,420 lb (5,634 kg)
Maximum takeoff 14,670 lb (6,654 kg)
Maximum speed at 26,200 ft (7,985.8 m) 446 mph (717.75 km/h)
Maximum Climb 3870 ft/min (1180 m/min)
Service ceiling 41,500 ft (12,649 m)
Maximum range 1,560 mi (2,510 km)
4×12.7-mm machine guns or 4×20-mm cannon 4
Photo Description
Drawing F4U-1 Drawing F4U-1
Drawing F4U-4 Drawing F4U-4
F4U-1As of VMF-113 patrol F4U-1As of VMF-113 patrol near Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. #56 is "SUNSETTER". July 9, 1944. [National Archives]


  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
  • "American Warplanes of World War II" /under cor. David Donald/