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F4U Corsair Specifications

 
The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was produced by the Vought-Sikorsky Company, and is distinctive for its inverted gull wings.  It was nicknamed “Whistling Death” by Japanese troops due to the noise made by the air rushing through the Corsair’s cooler vents.  Over 12,500 variations of the F4U Corsair were built when production ceased in 1952.  It flew in both World War II and the Korean War.   In the hands of capable Navy and Marine Corps fighter pilots, it was credited with destroying over 2,140 enemy aircraft, and produced many Aces.
corsair photo.
(John R. Doughty, Jr. photo collection)
 
  • Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair
    – single seat, carrier-based fighter
  • First flight – May 29, 1940 (XF4U-1)
  • Powerplant – one 2,000 hp. Pratt & Whitney
    R-2800-8, 18-cylinder Double Wasp
    two-row air cooled radial engine.
  • Wingspan – 41 ft. (12.5 m)
  • Wing area – 314 sq. ft. (29.17 m2)
  • Range – 1,015 miles
  • Length – 33 ft., 8 in. (10.3 m)
  • Height – 16 ft., 1 in. (4.9 m)
  • Weight – 8.982 lb. empty
  • Maximum takeoff weight – 14,000 lb.
  • Speed – 425 mph at 20,000 ft.
  • Ceiling – 36,900 ft.
  • Armament – six .50-caliber M2
    Browning machine guns,
    plus bombs and rockets
 
F4Us are featured in the painting "Predators".
 
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