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Vought F4U Corsair

Vought F4U Corsair

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The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War

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The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Designed and initially manufactured by Chance Vought, the Corsair was soon in great demand; additional production contracts were given to Goodyear, whose Corsairs were designated FG, and Brewster, designated F3A.

The Corsair was designed and operated as a carrier-based aircraft, and entered service in large numbers with the U.S. Navy in late 1944 and early 1945

Operational History

The U.S. Navy received its first production F4U-1 on 31 July 1942, but getting it into service proved difficult. The framed “birdcage” style canopy provided inadequate visibility for deck taxiing, and the long “hose nose” and nose-up attitude of the Corsair made it difficult to see straight ahead. The enormous torque of the Double Wasp engine also made it a handful for inexperienced pilots if they were forced to bolter. Early Navy pilots called the F4U the “hog”, “hosenose”, or “bent-wing widow maker”

RoleCarrier-based fighter-bomber
National originUnited States
ManufacturerChance Vought
Built byGoodyear
First flight29 May 1940
Introduction28 December 1942
  • 1953 (United States)
  • 1979 (Honduras)
Primary users

United States Navy

Number built12,571
VariantsGoodyear F2G Corsair


  • French Navy operated 69 AU-1 and 94 F4U-7 from 1954 to 1967
 New Zealand
 United Kingdom
  • Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm operated 2,012 Corsairs of all types during World War 2, including 95 Corsair I (F4U-1), 510 Corsair II (F4U-1A), 430 Corsair III (F3A-1D), and 977 Corsair IV (FG-1D)[156]
 United States

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 33 ft 8 in (10.26 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 0 in (12.50 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
  • Wing area: 314 sq ft (29.17 m2)
  • Empty weight: 9,205 lb (4,238 kg)
  • Gross weight: 14,670 lb (6,654 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 14,533 lb (6,592 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W radial engine, 2,380 hp (1,770 kW)
  • Propellers: 4-bladed



  • Maximum speed: 446 mph (717 km/h, 385 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 215 mph (346 km/h, 187 kn)
  • Stall speed: 89 mph (143 km/h, 77 kn)
  • Range: 1,005 mi (1,617 km, 873 nmi)
  • Combat range: 328 mi (528 km, 285 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 41,500 ft (12,600 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,360 ft/min (22.1 m/s)


Aircrafttoaal encyclopedia

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