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CHANCE-VOUGHT
F4U Corsair
Index of available articles,
photos & statistics

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CORSAIR STATISTICS
A total of 12,571 Corsairs were built, of which some 28 remain airworthy today.

F4U-1
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Powerplant
one 2,000 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 Double Wasp radial
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Wing span
41 ft. 0 in.
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Length
33 ft 4 in.
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Max. takeoff weight
14,000 lbs.
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Max level speed
395 mph
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Range
1,000 miles
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Armament
six 0.5" Browning MG53-2 machine guns (390 rounds per gun), plus two 1,000 lb. bombs underwing

F4U-5
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Powerplant
one 2,300 hp Wright R-2800-32W radial
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Wing span
41 ft. 0 in.
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Length
33 ft 6 in.
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Max. takeoff weight
14,106 lbs.
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Max level speed
470 mph
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Range
1,120 miles
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Armament
four 20 mm cannon, plus two 1,000 lb. bombs underwing
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CORSAIR LINKS
D Llewellyn James' Corsair page -
http://www.compass.
dircon.co. uk/F4U.htm

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Warbird Alley's Corsair page - http://www.warbirdalley.com
/f4u.htm

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The Fighter Collection's
Corsair page - http://www.
fighter-collection.com/
corsair/

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AviationHistory.com's Corsair page - http://www.aviation-history
.com/vought/f4u.html

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Zeno's Warbird Videos, "How To Fly The Corsair" - http://www.zenoswarbird
videos .com/F4U.html

SIDEVIEWS
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The XF4U-1 prototype (circa May 1940) was painted silver except for the top and leading edges of the wings, which were Chrome Yellow.


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An F4U-1 from VF-17 on the U.S.S. Bunker Hill in July 1943. This tri-color scheme was introduced near the end of F4U-1 production.

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This USMC F4U-4 flown in China, 1945, had the curved windscreen and was flown by John Glenn, who would later become a Mercury astronaut and U.S. Senator.

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This F4U-4 was flown by the Navy Reserve in the late 1940s. The name of the Naval Air Station - MIAMI, in this case - was often painted under the word "NAVY" on the fuselage.

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This Navy F4U-5N was assigned to VC-4 aboard the U.S.S. Antietam in 1954.

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A few Corsairs remained in service after the change to the light gull gray over white paint scheme. This AU-1 was assigned to Marine Corps Air Station, Quantico, Virginia.


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HISTORICAL SUMMARY
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n this essay, aviation historian Bert Kinzey covers the development of the F4U Corsair, from the first XF4U prototype, which crashed in 1940, to the final AU-1 ground attack version produced in 1952. This material, along with the above sideview illustrations, is excerpted from Kinzey's excellent Corsair references, F4U Corsair, In Detail & Scale, Volumes I and II.
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ONLINE ARTICLE
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Corsairs to the RescueKorea: USMC Bentwing birds in their finest hours
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The Marine ground troops in Korea came to look at the Corsairs as their guardian angles, always there to help them out of a tough spot. Warren Thompson gives us a pilot's eye view of the war as seen over the long nose of an F4-U as he interviews a number of Corsair pilots who tell us what it was like. From the August 2002 issue.

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AVIATION ART
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Corsair Preflight
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MARC STEWART
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"Corsair Preflight" is one of three new limited-edition prints by artist Marc Stewart. This image depicts the beautiful, famed F4U Corsair running up its engine prior to departing from its Pacific Island roost. "Corsair Preflight" (400 limited editions) $50 each. Artist's proofs: $65 each. Shipping: $10 per order. All prints are signed and numbered by the artist.
Marc Stewart has self-published 13 limited-edition prints. He also accepts commissions. Call (770) 254-1332; fax (770) 254-8098; email: Aviationart@att.net or visit www.aviationart.homestead.com.

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MAGAZINE ARTICLE
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Navy Taste TestHellcat vs. Corsair
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It is one of the oldest debates in aviation history: which is the better airplane, the Chance Vought Corsair or the Grumman Hellcat? Each was designed soon after America's entry into WW II, and each had its own structural strengths and weaknesses. In the frantic climate of the time, the Navy decided that the most effective way of tweaking utmost performance out of its fighter planes was to let rival manufacturers test and improve upon each other's products. It was this decision that gave Corky Meyer, a Grumman test pilot, the opportunity to fly both planes and offer a comparison of the two. From the Summer 2001 special issue.

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MAGAZINE ARTICLE
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F4U Corsair AdventuresMemories
of an F4U pilot

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In this first-person account, Lt. Col. Darrell Smith, USMC, tells of his adventures while flying Marine Corsairs and Buffalos in the Pacific theater with "Day's Knights" - VMF-312.
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From the Winter 2003 Pacific Fighters special issue.
 
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Comprehensive aviation history and photography
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