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Goodyear F2G "Super Corsair"

Goodyear F2G "Super Corsair"

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The Goodyear F2G, often referred to as the "Super Corsair",

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The Goodyear F2G, often referred to as the “Super Corsair“, is a development by the Goodyear Aircraft Company of the Vought F4U Corsair fighter aircraft. The F2G was intended as a low-altitude interceptor and was equipped with a 28-cylinder, four-row Pratt & Whitney R-4360 air-cooled radial engine.

Such a fighter was first conceived in 1939, when Pratt & Whitney first proposed the immense, 3,000 hp (2,200 kW) R-4360,[1] and design work began in early 1944, despite an oft-cited anecdote that the F2G was intended to intercept kamikazes (a tactic that was not widely used until late 1944).

Operational History

Using experience gained building the F4U-1 under license – a variant known as the FG-1 – in early 1944, Goodyear modified a standard Corsair airframe to take advantage of the 50% increase in take-off power provided by the R-4360 engine. Known as the XF2G-1,[N 1] the aircraft also featured a new all-round vision bubble-type canopy.

A land-based variant, with manually-folding wings, was to be known as the F2G-1, while a carrier version with hydraulically-folding wings and arrestor hook was to be called the F2G-2.[2] In March 1944, Goodyear was awarded a contract to deliver 418 F2G-1 and 10 F2G-2 aircraft.

RoleCarrier-based fighter aircraft
ManufacturerGoodyear Aircraft
First flight15 July 1945
Introduction1945
Retired1945
Primary usersUnited States Navy
Numerous air racers
Produced1945
Number built10
Developed fromVought F4U Corsair

Operators

Variants

XF2G-1: prototype. One converted from a standard FG-1 Corsair.[3]

F2G-1: land-based variant, 418 ordered, five built, order cancelled.

F2G-2: carrier-based variant, 10 ordered, five built, order cancelled.

Operators

 United States

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 33 ft 9 in (10.3 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 0 in (12.5 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 1 in (4.9 m)
  • Wing area: 314 sq ft (29 m2)
  • Empty weight: 10,249 lb (4,649 kg)
  • Gross weight: 13,346 lb (6,054 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 15,422 lb (6,995 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-4360-4 “Wasp Major” 28-cylinder radial engine, 3000 hp (2200 kW)

Performance

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 431 mph (694 km/h, 374 kn) at 16,400 ft (5,000 m)
  • Range: 1,955 mi (3,146 km, 1,699 nmi) with external tanks
  • Service ceiling: 38,800 ft (11,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,400 ft/min (22.35 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 42.5 lb/sq ft (208 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 0.22 hp/lb (370 W/kg)

Armament

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The company was established on 10 December 1939 by the armament company Oerlikon-Bührle, and construction of a new production building started in March 1940. The company was formed to do maintenance and repairs for the Swiss Air Force, the first work of the new company was assembly of EKW C-35 reconnaissance biplanes from spare parts, and overhaul work on other types