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F4U Corsair fighter

F4U Corsair in action

According to museum information, the Corsair logged over 64,000 combat sorties, during WW II (1941-1945) and is credited with the destruction of 2,140 enemy aircraft, at a cost of 190 Corsairs shot down during the campaigns against the Japanese.

Its unusual inverted gull wing was developed to allow clearance for the large 13 foot propeller during landing and taking off. The Corsair prototype was first flown on May 1940 and by 1942 it was in full production. The U.S. Marine Corps received priority for delivery because of the size of the US carrier force at that time.

F4U Corsair Technical Data

F4-U Corsair at War Eagles Air Museum

Wingspan: 41 feet
Length: 33 feet
Height: 13 ft
Wt. Empty: 9,900 lbs
Wt. Loaded: 12,500 lbs
Max Speed: 400 mph
Ceiling: 41,500 feet
Power Plant: Pratt & Whitney
    Double Wasp R2800-18W, Horse Power:  2000 hp

The museum's Corsair

The Corsair pictured here, was accepted by the US Navy on 25 May 1945, and was assigned to various fighter groups including US Navy Fighter Squadron VF-10, and Fighter-Bomber Squadron VBF-19, and US Marine Fighter Squadron VMF-122.

It was put into storage after February 1948 and reactivated in August 1950, serving with various groups including service in the Korean War November 1952 to May 1953 where operation missions of interdiction were flown against enemy communications, supply facilities, troop complexes manufacturing centers, and power complexes in Communist North Korea, and close air support of United Nations Troops. Its final active service was with the Naval Air Reserve Training Unit until April 1956. It was then retired after having flown a total of 2,069 hours during active service of 77 months. “It is considered to be the best example of the F4U-4 Corsair existing today”.

This aircraft is on display at the War Eagles Air museum in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Article is based on museum information. Photo credit: David and Paula Barnett.

Also see:
FG1D Corsair under Palm Springs Air Museum
F4U Corsairs under Naval Aviation Centennial
F4U, FG, F3A under American Aircraft