The Corsair could also carry 907 kg of bombs or 4 anti-aircarft rockets. The total combat weight of the F4U was 4074.1 kg empty and about 6350 kg fully loaded. It had a total length of 10 meters and a maximum range of 1,633 kilometers. The service ceiling of the Corsair was about 11,247 meters while the rate of climb was 950 meters per second.
Reliability of the Corsair was rated as good and demand for the aircraft soon rose to levels above the manufacturing capability of the Vought Company so many began to be produced by other companies such as Brewster. The Corsair was by far superior to many of its Japanese counterparts such as the "Zero" or "Oscar" fighters.
VariantsEditThe F4U Corsair had several variants made throughout its service life. The first of these variants was the F4U-1A. The F4U-1A Corsair had the same 2,000 hp engine as the original and it had a slightly higher altitude ceiling of about 37,000 ft. It could carry around 237 gallons of fuel and it weighed about 9,000 lb empty. It also had other modifications such as a raised cockpit and clear-view canopy. The F4U-1B was basically a normal F4U-1 Corsair only it was developed and shipped to Great Britain. The F4U-1C however was used by the United States and it haad four 20 mm canons.
The F4U-1D acted as a fight-bomber and it had a more powerful Pratt and Whitney R-2800-W8 Double Wasp engine. There was also around 1,370 of them produced. The F4U-P1 was again like the F4U-B1 Corsair a basic F4U-1 Corsair fighter only now it was modified to be a reconaissance plane. The F4U-2 was a special, carrier adapted, nightfighter aircraft that was based on the F4U-1.
The F4U-4 Corsair had a Pratt and Whitney R-2800-18W Double Wasp engine and a top speed of about 446 mph. It also could have 8 rockets loaded and it had a weight of about 9,205 lb. The main difference the F4U-4 had from the rest of the Corsairs was that it had a new, faster engine. It was the last version produced in WWII and it would be succeeded by the F4U-5.
The F4U Corsair was at first designated the Vought XF4U and as the name says it was produced by Vought. The Corsair was the first carrier based craft to reach a speed of over 400 mph. However it had several problems at first with the decks of US aircraft carriers, so it was released to the Marine Corps. This was mainly caused because the US Navy already had the F6F Hellcat which was a proven fighter. This is where the F4U began producing enemy plane kills.
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