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Vought F4U Corsair

ICAO aircraft code F4U
Manufacturer Vought
Country United States

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


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Vought F4U Corsair Specifications

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ICAO aircraft code
1942 - 1953
United States

Aircraft performance

1x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W Radial Engine
other: Other
2,400 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
388 Kts
719 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
77 Kts
Travel range:
880 Nm
1,630 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
41,500 feet
Rate of Climb:
4360 feet / minute
22.15meter / second
Take Off Distance:
220 meter - 721.78 feet
Landing Distance:
232 meter - 761.15 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
6,592 Kg
14,533 lbs
Max Payload:
2,000 Kg
4,409 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
534 gallon
2,021 liter

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About the Vought F4U Corsair

The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft which 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. It quickly became one of the most capable carrier-based fighter-bombers of World War II. Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II and its naval aviators achieved an 11:1 kill ratio. Early problems with carrier landings and logistics led to it being eclipsed as the dominant carrier-based fighter by the Grumman F6F Hellcat, powered by the same Double Wasp engine first flown on the Corsair’s initial prototype in 1940. Instead, the Corsair’s early deployment was to land-based squadrons of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy.

The Corsair served almost exclusively as a fighter-bomber throughout the Korean War and during the French colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria. In addition to its use by the U.S. and British, the Corsair was also used by the Royal New Zealand Air Force, French Naval Aviation, and other air forces until the 1960s.

From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured in 16 separate models. Its 1942–1953 production run was the longest of any U.S. piston-engined fighter.

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