Vought F4U-4 'Corsair'


  Base model:F4U
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1922-1962
  Basic role:Fighter

  Length: 33' 8" 10.2 m
  Height:14' 9" 4.5 m
  Wingspan: 41' 12.5 m
  Wingarea: 314.0 sq ft 29.1 sq m
  Empty Weight: 9,205 lb 4,174 kg
  Gross Weight: 14,669 lb 6,653 kg
  Max Weight: 14,670 lb 6,653 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W
  Horsepower (each): 2100

  Range: 1,005 miles 1,618 km
  Cruise Speed: 215 mph 346 km/h 187 kt
  Max Speed: 446 mph 718 km/h 388 kt
  Climb: 3,870 ft/min 1,179 m/min
  Ceiling: 41,500 ft 12,649 m

Known serial numbers
80764 / 82177, 96752 / 97295, 97297 / 97363, 97365 / 97414, 97416 / 97531, 105176 / 106875 , 114529 / 115728

Examples of this type may be found at
Cavanaugh Flight MuseumAddisonTexas
Fantasy of FlightPolk CityFlorida
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona
United States Marine Corps Air/Ground MuseumQuanticoVirginia

F4U-4 on display

Cavanaugh Flight Museum

Fantasy of Flight

National Museum of Naval Aviation

Pima Air & Space Museum

United States Marine Corps Air/Ground Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Jim Price
 Kilmarnock, VA
Two quick recognition features of the -4 is the 4 bladed prop and flat windscreen. It was powered by the R-2800-18w with water-alky injection.

04/15/2013 @ 05:23 [ref: 67735]
 Jack L Gilbert
 Rio Rancho, NM
RE: your question about the Corsair aboard YORKTOWN. This acft was recovered from a lake in Washinggton State and returned to static display-only status for the museum. See photos below.
02/07/2009 @ 09:19 [ref: 23660]
 Lewisville, NC
I've been a huge fan of WWII aircraft since I was a little kid. The Corsair has always been my favorite followed by the P-61 Black Widow. We took a trip years and years ago to Charleston, SC and I believe we went on the Yorktown and they had a crisp looking F4U-Corsair under the deck. I've not been able to find out if this was a legit aircraft or just a replica. Anyone have any info on this plane?
05/11/2008 @ 16:37 [ref: 20850]
 Douglas Karr
 Havelock, NC
This is to help answer an older question from a Mr. Gary Stram. I happen to be in the process of building a scale Corsair myself. I've been doing some research on the Corsair and found that the Navy had pushed the aircraft to the Marines due to the problems with carrier landings by the Corsair and went with the preferred F6F Hellcat. The Corsair had been considered too bouncy of an aircraft when carrier landing and exhibited dangerous low-speed handling characteristics. The Marines however, loved the aircraft for its ability to fly faster than the Zero, was without peer in a dive, and possessed with range, maneuverability, and devastating fire power. VMF 124 made a record 68 kills with only 4 losses. This aircraft was flown by many Aces and Medal of Honor recipients, including the famous Pappy Boyington. I found this info in the new publication from the National Museum of the Marine Corps located in Triangle, VA.
01/25/2007 @ 15:09 [ref: 15293]
 Steve Tisdale
 Elizabeth City, NC
Could the F4U-4 reach 20,000ft in 6-7 minutes depending upon the power setting?What was the highest possible climb rate for the F4U-5?Did the F4U-4 and -5 outperform the P-51H in comparitive tests?If the N1K5-J Shiden-kai with a 2,200hp engine had entered service would it have been competitive with the F4U-4?
09/28/2006 @ 06:50 [ref: 14308]
 Wendy Fromm
 Kinzers, PA

In 1945 a 2nd Lt. named Delbert Marks crashed an
F4U Corsair navy plane literally in my backyard.
I was born in 1967 and heard about this pilot for years but my friend and former neighbor figured out the
mystery who the pilot was after 61 years and returned
an item found at the crash site in the 1940's or 1950's
to the family.
We found out he was a test pilot on loan from the Marine
Corps in Cherry Point NC to a naval base in Paxtutent
River MD. He was approximately off course by about 120
miles. Paxtutent MD is 134 miles from the location
of the crash site.
Could anyone out there who was a test pilot tell me why
LT. Marks was so off course?
Lt. Marks was from Cleveland OH . Born in 1921 and
trained in Pensacola FL. Lt. Marks was 24 years old.
Any information/ in site is appreciated.

Wendy Fromm

09/18/2006 @ 08:11 [ref: 14202]
 Marcus Robinson
 Gosport, OTH
My grandpa flew the F4U-1 Vought corsair and i believe such a distingished aircraft was a credit to the freedom of the world.WW2 was a tragidy for all but for all that loss there was a angel in the skies with a kill ratio of 13.5 to 1.
07/05/2006 @ 09:05 [ref: 13656]
 coldwater, MI
Im want to get ahold of mint moore 111 to see if he has the dvd done from the gathering of corsairs back in 2002
can any one tell me how i can get a hold of him .
email or phone number ,thanks patrick
05/20/2006 @ 15:00 [ref: 13336]
 John Voss
 , CA
FYI Only: With the conclusion of WWII the USN cancelled contracts for 2900 additonal F4U-4's + 2000 more FG's.
03/02/2006 @ 11:15 [ref: 12679]
 Gary Stam
 Stockton, UT
This is more of a question than a comment. I'm trying to find out something about the F-4U Corsair. I want to know what degrees does the landing flaps deploy. Do they adjust or do they just slowly fall to a 90 degree angle. What is the usual degree of the landing flap when it is coming in for landing? Does it depend on the wind speed of the plane or the wind speed outside the plane?.. Is the Corsair a hard plane to land? I have a 14 scale model Corsair and its very hard to land. You have to keep your air speed up high until you almost are on the ground or else it will drop out of the sky like a rock. If you could give me any information I would learn alot about this remarkable aircraft. THe Corsair is my favorite aircraft, it makes it so remarkable from other WWII planes, it just has a distinctive look to it. Even though the Mustang rules the world. But the Corsair has character! THanks, Gary Stam
11/08/2005 @ 12:15 [ref: 11648]


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