F4U-4 Corsair

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General info

The F4U-4 Corsair in the garage.

The F4U-4 Corsair is a Rank III American naval fighter with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB) and 5.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The F4U-4 is excellent at BnZ fighting. Its high energy-retention and acceleration make it the true pinnacle of the Corsairs. Although you don't get an air spawn, the climb rate of the F4U-4 makes up for that. When engaging an enemy, you should try and maintain an altitude advantage while keeping your speed up; speed is life, altitude is life insurance. Once you have attained an altitude advantage, you will want to roll then dive because the R-2800 P&W Double Wasp doesn't have fuel injection so if you bunt over into a dive you will most likely lose power momentarily. The six .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns, while not as destructive as let's say four 20 mm cannons or the eight .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns on the P-47, they will destroy any lighter aircraft with ease.

Vehicle characteristics

Being true for the entire Corsair series the most distinctive features of this plane is its huge R-2800-P&W 18 Cylinder Radial engine and its inverted gull wing. One Advantage of the Inverted gull wing;

The Wing is impossible to rip in a dive as long as you don't pull a turn greater than 25 G's, which is almost impossible because the aircraft does suffer from compression above 800 KMH.

One disadvantage of the aircraft is its high-speed dive characteristics;

During the dive the aircraft tends to yaw severely to the right making you roll, possibly making the shot you need miss.

The Aircraft is also affectionately known by some as:

"Whistling Death"
"Blue Bat"
"Blue Stalker"

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

The worst enemies for the F4U are the Ki-84, N1K1, A7M's, and some late mark Zeros. Their extreme turning ability would make any of the F4U-4's attempt at turn fighting worthless. In the worst case scenario when these aircraft managed to get an energy advantage over the F4U-4, escape from the encounter with a dive and try to lose the aircraft through the assistance of allied anti-air fire from friendlies or the airfield.

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Fast for its battle rating of 5.0
  • Respectable armament of 6 .50 Cal machine guns
  • Powerful engine, which allows for excellent energy retention
  • Decent secondary weapons for destroying ground targets

Cons

  • Engine prone to overheating after prolonged usage of WEP

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

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

M2_Late

M2_Late

M2 Late Browning USA

Pros

  • Improved shells over "M2 Early", especially with full M20 "Tracer" belt
  • Very high shell velocity
    • Accurate.
    • Easy to lead shots with.
  • More powerful than the .30 cals.
  • High rate of fire, though lower than the .30 cals.
  • Tracer rounds have a high chance of causing fires.
  • Typically loaded with large belt sizes to allow for prolonged bursts.

Cons

  • Less burst damage than cannons.
  • Short bursts and grazes do not typically cripple enemy planes if critical areas aren't hit.
  • Like the .30 cals, default belts usually contain ball ammunition.
  • Lacking armour-penetration capabilities of cannons.


Payloads

  • Without load
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 8 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs
  • 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 4 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 8 x HVAR rockets

Armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
  • 3 mm Steel plates on top of fuel tank and in front of cockpit.
  • 12.7 mm and 8 mm Steel plates behind pilot.

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18w 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1885 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2235 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1161 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18w 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1863 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2213 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1161 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18w 18-cylinder radial
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1863 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 2213 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 1161 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 681 km/h
    • at height: 9,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: 21.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 11.9 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 9,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 663 km/h
    • at height: 9,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: 21.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 14.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 9,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 663 km/h
    • at height: 9,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: 21.7 s
  • Rate of Climb: 14.2 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 9,000 m
  • Max altitude: 11,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 200 m

Performance

F4U-4 Corsair/Horsepower graph

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the ___ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] F4U Corsair: Sky pirates are back!

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