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Vought F4U / FG / F3A / AU Corsair fighter - bomber

 

F4U-1D Corsair

 

Modification Purpose Deliveries Number of commissioned Discarding Differences from the previous modification
F4U-1 fighter 10/1942 - 8/1943 2155 12/1955 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 engine (2000 h. p.), 6 12.7-mm MG
FG-1 2/1943 - 8/1943 299 none
F4U-1A 8/1943 - 4/1944 665 R-2800-8W engine (2000 h. p.) on later planes
FG-1A 8/1943 - 4/1944 2089 none
F3A-1 4/1943 - 7/1944 735 none
F4U-1C 9/1943 - 1943 200 4 20-mm guns
F4U-1D fighter - bomber 4/1944 - 9/1945 1484 6 12.7-mm MG, 908 kg bombs , later can carry 8 127-mm rockets instead of bombs
FG-1D 4/1944 - 9/1945 1620 none
F4U-1P fighter - recon 1944 some modified from F4U-1A differences from F4U-1A: photo camera additionally
FG-1E night fighter 1944 some modified from FG-1A differences from FG-1A: APS-4 radar
F4U-2 1944 34 modified from F4U-1 differences from F4U-1: APS-6 radar
F4U-4 fighter - bomber early 1945 - 8/1947 2050 differences from F4U-1A: R-2800-18W engine (2450 h. p.), later R-2800-42W (2450 h. p.), 6 12.7-mm MG, 1452 kg boms or 2 298-mm rockets or 8 127-mm rockets
F4U-4C (F4U-4B) early 1945 - 8/1947 297 4 20-mm guns, 1452 kg of bombs or 2 298-mm rockets or 8 127-mm rockets
F4U-5 4/1946 - 9/1951 223 R-2800-32W engine (2450 h. p.)
F4U-5N night fighter - bomber 4/1946 - 9/1951 214 APS-19 radar
F4U-5NL   4/1946 - 9/1951 101 arctic equipment
F4U-5P long range recon 4/1946 - 9/1951 30 differences from F4U-5: unarmed, increased fuel stowage, photo camera
AU-1 attacker 2/1951 - 9/1951 110 differences from F4U-5: R-2800-83W engine (2800 h. p.), strengthened armor, 4 20-mm guns, 1815 kg of combat load on 12 points (1815 kg of bombs or 10 127-mm rockets)

 

Modification FG-1 F4U-4 F4U-5 AU-1

Wing span, m

12.49 12.50 12.50 12.50

Length, m

10.16 10.26 10.21 10.38

Height, m

4.50 4.50 4.50 4.52

Wings area, m2

29.17 29.17 26.17 26.17

Empty mass, kg

3987 4238 4347 4461

Full flying-off mass, kg

5443 6592 6840 8798
Engine 1 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 1 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W 1 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-32W 1 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-83W
Power, h. p. 2000 2450 2450 2800
Maximal speed, km/h 684 717 724 705
Cruise speed, km/h        
Flying range, km 1618 2510 with external tanks 1810 1325 with external tanks
Vertical speed, m/s   19.7 21.5 18.8
Maximal altitude, m 11247 11580 12620 5940
Complement 1 1 1 1
Armament 6 x 12.7 MG 6 12.7 MG, 1452 kg of bombs or 2 298-mm rockets or 8 127-mm rockets 4 20 guns, 1452 kg of bombs or 2 298-mm rockets or 8 127-mm rockets 4 20 guns, 1815 kg of combat load on 12 points (1815 kg bombs or 10 127-mm rockets)

F4U-1D Corsair

F4U-4 Corsair

Corsair F. Mk IV

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008