Corsair F Mk II (Great Britain)
|This page is about the premium fighter Corsair F Mk II (Great Britain). For other versions, see F4U (Family).|
The ▄Corsair F Mk II is a premium rank II British fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB) and 3.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,888 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 450||< 450||< 500||> 450|
Survivability and armour
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
- 3 mm Steel plates in front of cockpit, top of fuselage.
- 8 mm Steel plate behind the pilot, with 12.7 mm Steel plate on headrest.
- Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
- More fuel tanks located in wings leading edge
The Corsair F Mk II (Great Britain) is armed with:
- 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (400 + 400 + 375 rpg each wing = 2,350 total)
The Corsair F Mk II (Great Britain) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb (500 lb total)
- 1 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb (1,000 lb total)
Usage in battles
Due to its great energy retention and high dive speed, the Corsair F Mk II is very good at Boom & Zoom manoeuvres. It is recommended to be used this way especially against any Japanese planes. Against any German aircraft, Boom & Zoom operations are still recommended, however, some planes you can out turn (FW-190 A-4) and may pose a threat by using this advantage and reversing the attacker/defender roles. As with every American fighter, always climb at the start of a match. Typically, to be successful with this plane it is best to climb higher than the enemy fighters and attack them with an energy advantage. Using this tactic will greatly increase your chances of picking your battles and forcing the enemy down to lower altitudes low where either you or your teammates you can finish them off.
This unique Corsair variant rolls slightly faster than the original F4U due to having clipped wings. However, increased manoeuvrability sometimes comes at a price resulting in performance sufferage as is found with this fighter. While this fighter does well in the mid to lower altitudes, performance and manoeuvrability in the higher altitudes where the air is thinner starts to wane quickly and any advantages the clipped wings provided at lower altitudes are quickly lost and start to hinder the aircraft's performance. In comparison, these differences are slight but sometimes in the middle of the battle, the slight differences quickly determine the victor and a pilot bailing out of their crippled aircraft.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
Auto control available
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|I||Fuselage repair||Radiator||Offensive 12 mm|
|III||Wings repair||Engine||New 12 mm MGs|
|IV||Engine injection||Cover||BLBC mk.1|
|This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase|
Pros and cons
- Great diving characteristics
- Good energy retention
- Good speed
- Good acceleration
- Great high-speed manoeuvrability
- Great ammo reserves; >375 RPG
- Great top dive speed
- Mediocre flat turning characteristics
- Vulnerable to incendiary ammunition
- Weak damage model
- Big target, easy to hit
- Can be easily taken out by other players from behind
- Limited WEP
The F4U-1A Corsair was based on the F4U-1. In fact, F4U-1A was not an official designation, but was assigned to mid-to-late production F4U-1s in order to distinguish them from early production F4U-1s postwar. The F4U-1A incorporated a simplified windscreen, and a taller, wider, two frame canopy. The pilots seat was also raised 7 in. All of these modifications increased visibility, especially over the long nose of the plane. A 6 in stall strip was also added to the right wing, outboard of the guns, allowing the wings to stall at the same speed. And, the landing gear oleo struts were improved. These changes combined lead to the clearing of the Corsair for carrier-based operations. In British service, the F4U-1A was known as the Corsair Mk II. They were modified slightly from the American design, and had their wings "clipped", meaning they had 8 in cut off of the wing tips, in order to allow them to fit on British aircraft carriers.
Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.
Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:
- reference to the series of the aircraft;
- links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.
- "F4U-1A Vought Corsair", F4U Corsair - The Bent Wing Bird plane site, Retrieved on 28 March 2020.
- "Types of Plane F4U - Variants", F4U Corsair- The Bent Wing Bird plane site, Retrieved on 28 March 2020.
Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:
- topic on the official game forum;
- encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
- other literature.
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