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The F4U Corsair, produced by Vought Aircraft, was the first U.S. single engine fighter aircraft capable of speeds in excess of 400 mph. It was designed by Igor Sikorsky and Rex Beisel. The aircraft was fitted with the most powerful engine available at the time, the Pratt & Whitney R-2800, turning a 13 ft. 4 in. propeller.
U.S. Marine Corps F4U Corsair aircraft were proven extremely capable in combat in February of 1943 when they battled Japanese aircraft over Guadalcanal. Within six months after its initial deployment with the Marines, the F4U Corsair began replacing all other Marine Corps fighter aircraft. Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington had the most USMC victories with 22. While with the Flying Tigers, Boyington was credited with two victories, but claimed six.
Within one year of its introduction with the United States Marine Corps, the F4U Corsair had claimed over 500 victories over enemy aircraft.
The U.S. Navy did not want F4U Corsair aircraft flying from their aircraft carriers due to poor visibility over the long nose of the aircraft, a tendency to bounce upon landing, and strong torque pull of its engine. It was December of 1944 when an F4U Corsair aircraft squadron was deployed to the aircraft carrier USS Essex. By this time the aircraft had been equipped with longer landing gear struts which minimized bouncing when landing.
It was the British Royal Navy that first employed F4U Corsair aircraft from its aircraft carriers Victorious and Furious. In order to fit on the carrier elevators, the wings of the aircraft were shortened by about eight inches. Their first combat with the British Royal Navy was on April 3, 1944 when engaging the German battleship Tirpitz. F4U Corsair aircraft escorted dive bombers in an attack which inflicted major damage on the ship’s superstructure and propulsion, but did not sink it.
F4U Corsair aircraft became the primary fighter aircraft of the Royal Navy in the Pacific Theatre. Prior to the end of the War, the United States had supplied some 2,000 F4U Corsair aircraft to the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. In all, during World War II, F4U aircraft accounted for the downing of some 2,140 enemy aircraft, while flying some 64,000 total missions.
The F4U Corsair was to see action again in the Korean War. During the first year of the War the aircraft flew some 80 percent of U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps close support missions. In addition to close air support, F4U Corsair aircraft also saw action as night fighters where they proved successful.
A total of over 12,500 F4U Corsair aircraft were built from 1940 to the end of its production in 1952.
RC F4U Corsair
The RC F4U Corsair by FMS has a 67 in. wingspan with a length of 60 in. Included is a 5060-kV300 motor, retracts, and flaps. Weight with battery should be around 9 1/2 lbs.
Dynam has a 50 in. wingspan RC F4U Corsair. It is 42 in long. Included is a BM3720A-kV500 motor and retracts. All up weight is about 59 oz.
The BlitzRC Works RC F4U Corsair features folding wings, flaps and retracts. Its wingspan is 63 in. and length is 50 in. Weight is about 7 1/2 lbs.
There is a Top Flite RC F4U Corsair kit that builds to an 86 1/2 wingspan and 67 in length. Construction is all wood with provision for flaps and retracts. Engines can be from 2.1 to 2.8 cu. in. glo or from 2.5 to 4.25 cu. in. gas. Weight should be around 25 lbs.