F4U Corsair

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The Vought F4U Corsair was one of the most formidable American fighter and attack aircraft in World War II. They were used by the US Navy, US marines, and the New Zealand Air Force. They were in such high demand that companies other than Vought such as Goodyear and Brewster.

In 1938, the US Navy requested a single engine high speed fighter capable of carrying 4 guns and small bombs. It was first tested with a 1,805 horsepower engine which propelled it up to 405 miles per hour. On its first flights there were many problems, including engine failure, over speeding, and control failure. When it was first used in combat, the 4 machine guns that it was given were insufficient, and it was given 6 machine guns.

The F4U Corsair had a very distinctive shape. The inverted gull wing gave it excellent maneuverability, as well as allowing the large propeller to clear the ground. It was much faster than the Japanese Zero and more maneuverable, except at slow speeds. For this reason the Corsair pilots tried to combat at high speeds.

Operators

Argentina

El Salvador

France

Honduras

New Zealand

United Kingdom

United states

Specifications

Crew: 1

Length: 33 ft 4 in

Wingspan: 41 ft

Height:16 ft 1 in

Empty weight: 8982 lb

Loaded weight: 14,000 lb

Maximum speed: 425 mph

Range:1015 miles

Armament: 6 machine guns, 2000 lb bombs

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