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Vought F4U Corsair 1/5

The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was a carrier-capable fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A. The Corsair served in smaller air forces until the 1960s, following the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in US history (19421952). Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II. The US Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio with the F4U Corsair. Corsairs served with the US Navy, US Marines, Fleet Air Arm and the Royal New Zealand Air Force, as well the French Navy Aeronavale and other services postwar. It quickly became the most capable carrier-based fighter-bomber of World War II. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought’s manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear (as the FG-1) and Brewster (as the F3A-1). From the first prototype delivery to the US Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured by Vought, in 16 separate models.
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Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 World War 2 Planes

25 Comments to Vought F4U Corsair 1/5

Mattebubben
December 29, 2010

the last and the best? well….

usquanigo
December 29, 2010

@saintrobbie375 Yes, & facing a much more potent LW than the P-51 did. Ironically, I would like both it and the F4U much more if they weren’t over-hyped, over-glorified fanboi specials. lol But either way, the P-47 and F6F look much better to me. And had many superior aspects to them and best of all, both did the real work in their respective theaters. (Then again, I think the Tempest looks better than a Spit too. hehe, like the big brutal look for a fighter in general)

saintrobbie375
December 29, 2010

@usquanigo There definitly is that group of people who rate an aircraft on how it looks rather then how it did it’s job. P-47 was a monster, love that beast and it was over Germany well before the ‘Stang.

usquanigo
December 29, 2010

@saintrobbie375 I don’t hate the Corsair. I hate the fanbois who glorify it when it came in on clean-up detail. Much like the P-51. I like that too, but the Jug was more important, yet all the fanbois cream their pants over the Mustang instead.

So I watch the video for my own interest. I post here to correct some of the drooling fanbois. :)

usquanigo
December 29, 2010

@saintrobbie375 I saw a comment in my inbox, so I assume this was it?

The Hellcat had a kill ratio of 19:1 (13:1 against Zero’s specifically) at wars end. It was known as the Ace Maker. It produced 305 aces (and started doing so almost as soon as it was deployed).

Total E/A downed : 5,163. 80% of the 6,477 _total_ of the USN.

Designed & built in 6 months, Grumman built twice as many as the F4U, while still building Avengers. Despite F4U presence, F6F was built until wars end.

saintrobbie375
December 29, 2010

@usquanigo If you hate the Corsair so much, why are you watching videos of it on You Tube? Hypocrite

usquanigo
December 29, 2010

Wasn’t the last prop, and wasn’t the greatest.

Ki-84 was superior in many ways. FW-190 D9 would smoke it. As would the F8F, which also came later.

It was also succeeded by the Skyraider, which was superior in that task as well. (and also got jet kills)

usquanigo
December 29, 2010

@zimmermann10 I’m not one to defend the over-popular fanboi special (corsair), but…. the fact that the Brits found a way to land it was not due to technical superiority. (if it was, they’d have been using their own planes anyway)

It was that the USN didn’t need to worry about it. The Hellcat was more numerous, safer, and all around better real-world combat carrier plane. Corsair could be resigned to rear bases, didn’t matter, wasn’t needed.

usquanigo
December 29, 2010

@jkaanta The low speed tendency to drop a wing was never really resolved. Nor was the horrid visibility. Mock DFs are one thing. In real combat situations, the Hellcat was superior – more than enough to beat the enemy, plus able to absorb tons of damage & get you home safely (no bad characteristics at ALL). A TRUE carrier plane.

F8F would smoke an F4U. Trouble is… it didn’t carry bombs. By that point, jets were demanded for fighters, props needed to carry bombs or were useless.

AJH0014
December 29, 2010

I love the corsair because my great great uncle introduced me to this plane ten years ago, since then I have always been fascinated with it especially because the gull wing design was to facilitate the large 18 cylinder engine and ended up being perfect for low altitude combat and saved Australia in the pacific.

balsaboy55
December 29, 2010

this video is from the discovery channel probably late 1980′s early 1990′s…got this one on vhs

Starwarsfreak101st
December 29, 2010

so damn cool

fifthof
December 29, 2010

Like the Sea Fury myself.

zimmermann10
December 29, 2010

@jkaanta Corsair had severe problems during landing procedure on a carrier deck.
Many took off by land bases at that time of pacific war in its raids due this well kwnon weakness.
British were the one to solve the probleme with a special maneuver, a large and wide curve behind de carrier.
The technical superiority of the British is inconstetable, sorry!

zimmermann10
December 29, 2010

@jkaanta failure, sorry!

jkaanta
December 29, 2010

@zimmermann10 hmmmm, I think we have a translation problem? Not sure what you mean by “fake”. Early models were indeed dangerous in low-speed power-on approaches. Additionally, the landing struts were under-damped, causing excessive bounce when landing on a carrier deck. Both issues were largely resolved in subsequent variants. The Corsair was tested in mock combat against the F6F-5 and the P-51D. All participating test pilots agreed the F4U was the best of the lot.

dbirdsofprey
December 29, 2010

the japs called f4u wistileing death

liljgoneman
December 29, 2010

its like a musclecar.. with machineguns!

rcplanetim53
December 29, 2010

great shows you have my man!!

DavidRossThompson
December 29, 2010

@davidfx16gts

I highly agree, the best bird.

bclmax
December 29, 2010

ive seen another version the history od the corsair. i think it was the heavy metal series. does anyone have a link for that series?

JamesEndsor
December 29, 2010

This is that “Weekday Wings” show from the Discovery Channel, isn’t it? I taped a bunch of those shoes and they never showed the Corsair. I got to meet a Korean War Corsair pilot when I was 11. He told that on his first carrier landing that he had his “tailhook, landing gear, flaps and rectum” down.

Thanks for posting this!!!

alexi626
December 29, 2010

Best propellor plane EVER.

zimmermann10
December 29, 2010

This aircraft was a fake when landing !

davidfx16gts
December 29, 2010

My favorite bird the F4U Corsair.

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