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Chance Vought F4U Corsair. A photo. Characteristics.
Chance Vought F4U Corsair. A photo. Characteristics.

Chance Vought F4U Corsair. A photo. Characteristics.



A type: single-engine fighter

Crew: one pilot

Designed as a lightweight fighter based on the most powerful engine available at the time the prototype XF4U-1 company "Vought» (Vought) was commissioned by the US Navy in June 1938, after studying their offers V-166. In order to use the huge engine power the XR-2800 "Double Wasp" company "Pratt & Whitney" had to install the screw diameter of the largest of those that have ever previously established on the fighters.

To ensure the required gap using a wing-type "reverse gull" between the screw and the ground. This aircraft had predicted a great future, but changes made to the design as a result of the experience of battles over Europe, adversely affected by the plane "Corsair» (Corsair). As a result, the plane left the ground in the marine units for use in the battles at the beginning of the year 1943. Air Fleet also began operations with the use of "Le Corsaire" aircraft in the same year, but not aircraft carriers. By mid-year, the company 1944 "Vought" solved the problems with the handling of the aircraft, and the plane "Corsair" was suitable for carrier-based in the US Navy. Unlike other fighters of naval aviation, "Le Corsaire" could boast of a successful postwar career.

Aircraft construction companies "Vought" and "Goodyear" remained in service until the end of the Korean War. Last F4U-7, built for the French Navy, fired the assembly line of "Vought» January 31 1952 years. He became 12 751-m and the last aircraft built by "Le Corsaire". Today, about 35 «Le Corsaire" aircraft are in flying condition, most of them based in the United States.

Basic data


  • Length: 10,26 m
  • Wingspan: 12,47 m
  • Height: 4,5 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 4175 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 6654 kg


Aircraft performance:

  • Maximum speed: 718 km / h
  • Range: 2511 km


Power point: Engines R-2800-8W on F4U-1A / FG-1, R-2800-18W on F4U-4 / -7 andR-2800-32E on F4U-5; Company "Pratt- Whitney"

Power: 2000 l. from. (1492 kW), 2450 l. from. (1827,7 kW) and 2850 l. from. (2126,1 kW), respectively,

Date of first flight:

  • 29 May 1940 years


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • F4U-1A / -4 / -4B / -5N / -5NL / -7 and FG-1D


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