F4U-1a USMC Corsair

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General info

The USMC's F4U-1a Corsair in the Garage.

The F4U-1a Corsair (USMC) is a Rank II American fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB) and 3.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.39.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Due to it's great energy retention and high dive speed, the Corsair is very good at Boom and Zooming. It is recommended to be used this way especially against any Japanese planes. Against any German planes BnZ is still recommended, but some planes you can out turn (FW-190 A-4). As with every American fighter, always climb at the start of a match. The only way to be successful with this plane is to climb high and end up higher than the enemy. Using this tactic will greatly increase your chances of getting air kills and forcing the enemy down low where you can finish them off.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great diving characteristics
  • Good energy retention
  • Great speed
  • Better Performance than its original counterpart
  • Good climb rate
  • Great high-speed maneuverability
  • Great armament

Cons:

  • Can't land on carriers, lack of arrestor hook
  • Mediocre flat turning characteristics
  • Vulnerable to incendiary ammo
  • Big target, easy to hit
  • Weak Damage Model

Specifications

Armaments

  • 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, wing-mounted (400 + 400 + 375 rpg each wing = 2,350 total)

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1793 hp (Stock), 2271 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2133 hp (Stock), 2612 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1030 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1772 hp (Stock), 2000 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2112 hp (Stock), 2340 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1030 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1772 hp (Stock), 2000 hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2112 hp (Stock), 2340 hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1030 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 619 km/h
    • at height: 5,486 m
  • Max altitude: 10,360 m
  • Turn Time: 22.4 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.9. m/s (1355 ft/min)
  • Takeoff run: 250 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 689 km/h
    • at height: 5,486 m
  • Max altitude: 10,360 m
  • Turn Time: 19.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 20.2 m/s (3980 ft/min)
  • Takeoff run: 250 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 604 km/h
    • at height: 5,486 m
  • Max altitude: 10,360 m
  • Turn Time: 23.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 8.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 250 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 653 km/h
    • at height: 5,486 m
  • Max altitude: 10,360 m
  • Turn Time: 21.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 12.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 250 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 604 km/h
    • at height: 5,486 m
  • Max altitude: 10,360 m
  • Turn Time: 23.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 8.8 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 250 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: 653 km/h
    • at height: 5,486 m
  • Max altitude: 10,360 m
  • Turn Time: 21.0 s
  • Rate of Climb: 12.3 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 250 m

Performance

Warning this is still in the test phase and is probably incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data taken from 1.55)





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2
3
4
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8
9
10
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0.48
0.96
1.44
1.92
2.4
Horsepower in 1000hp
Altitude in 1000m

Supercharger Stage #1: 100%

Supercharger Stage #1: WEP

Supercharger Stage #2: 100%

Supercharger Stage #2: WEP

Supercharger Stage #3: 100%

Supercharger Stage #3: WEP



Modules and improvements

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair, Radiator Offensive 12 mm
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings repair, Engine New 12 mm MGs
IV Engine injection Cover

History of creation and combat usage

Ingame description

The single-engine Chance Vought F4U Corsair was designed in 1938 for a U.S. Navy single-seater carrier-based fighter competition. This aircraft was designed from the outset as a carrier borne fighter. It featured an inverted gull wing to keep the huge propeller off the ground while keeping the landing gear short for carrier operations. Even after the completion and launch of the F4U-1, a number of problems were discovered which initially prevented the aircraft from being used as a carrier-based fighter such as bad stall characteristics due to the gull wing, no visibility over the nose for carrier landings and bouncing off the deck after landing. The Navy was forced to use the first F4U-1s for Marine Corps ground-based operations until January 1945 when most of these problems were overcome.

In the middle of 1943, the F4U-1A variant made its debut. To improve visibility, which was especially important when landing on an aircraft carrier, the cockpit canopy was modified to a convex shape, and the pilot’s chair was raised 17.8 cm. Dive speed problems were solved with a stall strip just outboard of the gun ports on the starboard wing’s leading edge.

The F4U-1A was produced not only at the Chance Vought factory, where the aircraft was designed, but also at the Brewster and Goodyear factories (with the designations F3A-1A and FG-1A, respectively). The latter model differed in that its wings were not folding. The Chance Vought factory produced a total of 2126 F4U-1As.

Screenshots and fan art

Lucybelle

"Lucybelle" camouflage is available. Can be unlocked in game with 150 kills on this aircraft.

Skins and camouflages for the Corsair F4U1a from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png F4U-1A Corsair (USMC)
Nation USA
Type Fighter
Fighting style Boom & Zoom
Energy Fighting

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Characteristics
Empty Weight ~4540 kg
Empty Weight + fuel ~5215 kg
Takeoff Weight ~6765 kg
Wing Area ~29 m²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Brakes no
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1990 hp
WEP Duration 7.56 minutes
top speed ~519.34 kph at 5486 m
Climb Rate ~12.30 m/s
Optimal climb velocity ~280.88 kph
Turn Time ~39.81 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~156.00 kg/m²
Characteristics
Empty Weight ~10009 lb
Empty Weight + fuel ~11497 lb
Takeoff Weight ~14913 lb
Wing Area ~314 ft²
# Flap Positions 3
Number of Engines 1
Air Breaks yes
Arrestor Gear no
Statistics
Power per Engine 1990 hp
WEP Duration 7.56 minutes
Top speed ~322.70 mph at 18000 m
Climb Rate 40.35 ft/s
Optimal climb velocity ~174.53 mph
Turn Time 39.81 s
Wing loading (Empty) ~31.95 lb/ft²
Main Weapons
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning (Early) Heavy machine gun
Magazine 400 rpg
Mount Inner & Mid wing
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning (Early) Heavy machine gun
Magazine 375 rpg
Mount Outer wing
Limits
Max Speed limit 815 kph
Gear lmit 370 kph
Combat Flaps 440 kph
Max static +G's ~12
Max static -G's ~4
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <420 kph
Rudder <450 kph
Elevators <500 kph
Radiator >270 kph
Limits
Max Speed limit 506 mph
Gear lmit 230 mph
Combat Flaps 273 mph
Max static +G's ~12
Max static -G's ~4
Optimal Velocities
Ailerons <261 mph
Rudder <280 mph
Elevators <311 mph
Radiator >168 mph
Manual Control
Mixer is controllable
Pitch is controllable
has automatic pitch
Radiator (water) is controllable
Radiator (oil) is not controllable
Oil and water uses combined radiator control
Supercharger is controllable
Turbocharger is not controllable
Compressor settings 1
Optimal Altitude
610 m
2000 ft
100% Enginepower 2000 hp
WEP Enginepower 2350 hp
Compressor settings 2
Optimal Altitude
4876 m
15997 ft
100% Enginepower 1800 hp
WEP Enginepower 2115 hp
Compressor settings 3
Optimal Altitude
6401 m
21001 ft
100% Enginepower 1690 hp
WEP Enginepower 1986 hp
* Warning this is still in the test phase and can be incorrect. Take information with a grain of salt (data from 1.57 initial release)