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Chance Vought F4U "Corsair"

Carrierborne Fighter-Bomber

Certified Death From Above.

The Chance Vought F4U 'Corsair' was one of the finest fighter aircraft of World War 2 - indeed one of the five best of the entire war alongside other American stables such as the P-38, P-47, P-51, and the F6F. At the heart of the aircraft was its massive and powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 'Double Wasp' air-cooled radial used to drive an equally-massive propeller and drive the F4U to speeds in excess of 400 miles-per-hour. Couple this with a battery of 6 x 0.50 cal heavy machine guns (and a unique inverted 'Gull-wing' mainplane) and its no wonder the high-performing F4U was well-known to the Japanese adversaries who faced it. With 12,571 produced before her end, the type enjoyed additional success in the Korean War and managed a final flight in 1979.
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Mission Roles

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Respect from Both Sides

The F4U proved such a monster in the skies that it was even regarded by its Japanese adversary as the best carrier-based fighter in all of World War 2 with its potent combination of performance and firepower.

Death from Above

The wings of the Corsair were adaptable enough to showcase either six 0.50 caliber heavy machine guns or pairs of 20mm automatic cannons. In either case, the fighter could bring down any airborne foe with relative ease and engage ground targets to boot.

Veteran of Foreign Wars

The F4U was a holdout of the World War 2 period and pressed into service in the Close-Air Support (CAS) role during the subsequent Korean War of 1950-1953. Even in this conflict, the Corsair proved its worth despite the arrival of jets.

Extended Life

Despite originating during World War 2, the F4U Corsair saw an extended service life thanks to exportation. Six foreign operators ultimately emerged that included Britain and France and some users flew their Corsairs into the late-1970s (Honduras).


Retired, Out-of-Service (78 yrs)
Chance Vought / Goodyear - USA
12,571 Units
7 Total

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Argentina; El Salvador; France; Honduras; New Zealand; United Kingdom; United States

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
F4U-4: 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W air-cooled radial piston engine driving four-bladed propeller unit at the nose in puller fashion.

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
447 mph | 720 kph | 389 kts
Service Ceiling
41,339 ft | 12,600 m | 7.83 miles
Operational Range
1,007 miles | 1,620 km | 875 nm
4,360 ft/min | 1,329 m/min
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the F4U-4 production model)
33.63 feet (10.25 meters)
41.01 feet (12.50 meters)
14.76 feet (4.50 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the F4U-4 production model)
9,204 lb (4,175 kg)
13,999 lb (6,350 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the F4U-4 production model)
6 x 0.50 caliber (12.7mm) Browning M2 air-cooled Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs) in wings (three guns to a wing).

4 x 20mm AN/M3 automatic cannons in wings (two guns to a wing).

Up to 4,000lb of conventional drop stores or air-launched weapons.

8 x 5" High Velocity Aircraft Rockets (HVARs) under wings. Supported Types:

Machine Gun graphic Machine Gun(s)
Automatic Cannon graphic Automatic Cannon(s)
Conventional Drop Bomb graphic Conventional Drop Bombs
Attack Rocket graphic Rockets / Rocket Pods
Torpedo Weapon graphic Torpedoes
Additional Fuel Tank graphic Additional Fuel

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