Chance Vought F4U Corsair
In honor of Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas J. Hudner (ret.), Doug Matthews has repainted and outfitted his gorgeous F4U-4B. This aircraft is painted like Capt. Hudner’s aircraft that he flew and crash landed in an attempt to save Ensign Jesse L. Brown. Click for additional photos.
The Vought Corsair's most unique feature was the "bent" wing, the result of a marriage between the most powerful engine ever installed in a piston-engined fighter and one of the biggest propellers in the world.
First used in World War 2 on 13 February 1943 by the US Marine Corps, the Chance-Vought F4U/AU Corsair was a single-seat, single-engine, carrier-based fighter-bomber.
In the Korean War (1950-1953) the F4U-4 was the most widely used propeller-driven naval aircraft, equipping eighteen USN fighter squadrons, nine USN reserve fighter squadrons, and five USMC fighter/attack squadrons.
Flying from aircraft carriers or forward air bases (the F4U was the only US Marine Corps fighter ever to operate from North Korean airfields), the Corsair usually carried a much heavier bomb-load than US Air Force aircraft.
It was extensively used for ground attack and interdiction missions. These were very dangerous, and 328 Corsairs, 312 F4Us and 16 AUs, were lost due to enemy action, almost all of them to ground fire.
An actual photograph of Classic Fighter's Corsair taken in 1953
General characteristics (Chance-Vought F4U4 Corsair)
- Crew: one pilot
- Length: 33 ft 8 in (10.30 m)
- Wingspan: 41 ft 0 in (12.50 m)
- Height: 16 ft 1 in (4.90 m)
- Wing area: 350 ft² (32.5 m²)
- Empty weight: 9,205 lb (4,175 kg)
- Loaded weight: 14,000 lb (6,350 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 14,670 lb (6,654 kg)
- Powerplant: 1× Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W Double Wasp 18-cylinder radial, 2,450 hp (1,827 kW) with WEP
- Maximum speed: 446 mph (717 km/h) at 26,200 ft (7,986 m)
- Range: with external fuel tanks, 1,560 miles (2,510 km)
- Service ceiling: 41,500 ft (12,649 m)
- Rate of climb: 3,100 ft/min (945 m/min)
- Wing loading: lb/ft² (kg/m²)
- Power/mass: hp/lb (kW/kg)
- 6× .50 cal Browning M2 machine guns
- 4× 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannon replace machine guns on F4U-4B and -4C
- 8× 5 in (127 mm) rockets or 2× 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs
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Cockpit before modifications
Cockpit after modifications
Ramona Airport Open House 2009