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 provide the necessary clearance between the screw and the ground, a "seagull" type wing was used. This aircraft was predicted a great future, but the changes made to the design based on the experience of fighting over Europe, had a detrimental effect on the aircraft "Corsair" (Corsair). As a result, the aircraft was left in the land divisions of the Marine Corps for use in battles at the beginning of 1943. The Air Force fleet also began operations with the use of Corsair aircraft in the same year, but not with aircraft carriers. By the middle of 1944, VOUT decided the problems with the handling of the aircraft, and the Corsair aircraft became suitable for deck-based deployment in the US Navy. Unlike other fighters of naval aviation, the "Corsair" could boast of a successful post-war 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: R-2800-8W engines on F4U-1A / FG-1, R-2800-18W on F4U-4 / -7 and R-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:

  • May 29, 1940


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • F4U-1A/-4/-4B/-5N/-5NL/-7 и FG-1D