F4U-1A (Japan)

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RANK 6 USA
"APACHE" | AH-64A Peten
▅F4U-1A Corsair
f4u-1a_japan.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.3/2.7/2.7BR
1 personCrew
6.8 tTake-off weight
3.23 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
10 360 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8WEngine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
885 km/hStructural
730 km/hGear
Offensive armament
6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
2 350 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Economy
1 150 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 000/4 390/1 530Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
80 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
130 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
290 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png220 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png80 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the premium fighter F4U-1A (Japan). For the American version, see F4U-1A. For other uses, see F4U (Family).

Description

GarageImage F4U-1A Japan.jpg


The ▅F4U-1A Corsair is a premium rank II Japanese fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB) and 3.3 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27 and costs 1,150 Golden Eagles.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,486 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ???  ??? 10 360  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 250
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,486 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
685 653 10 360 20.0 21.0 16.8 12.3 250

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flaps
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
470 ~10 ~3
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 450 < 450 < 500 > 450
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
300 m 2,000 hp 2,270 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,785 m 1,800 hp 2,096 hp
Setting 3
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,400 m 1,650 hp 1,921 hp

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The F4U-1A (Japan) is armed with:

  • 6 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, wing-mounted (400 rpg inner + centre + 375 rpg outer = 2,350 total)

Usage in battles

Players should side climb in this plane and once at altitude, begin to dive down on enemies below. Due to the weight and aerodynamics of this aircraft, it is a fantastic Boom & Zoomer for the battle rating. With enough energy, no other comparable aircraft can catch it in a dive. When you have speed at your disposal, you can easily energy fight against higher-rank aircraft. Be aware that over speeds of approximately 550km/h the rudder is almost useless and if the target evades you it will be almost impossible to hit them. Using the aircraft's great flaps and energy retention allow the fighter to hang in the vertical much longer than other planes; it's here you can corner enemies into an energy trap. However, those who wish to take on the ▅F4U-1A Corsair in combat must make sure they go into the engagement with a significant energy advantage over your opponent or you may find yourself on the receiving end of a lead shower.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
3 gears
Not controllable

Modules

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

Pros and cons

Pros
  • Heavy armament of 6 x 12.7 mm machine guns
  • Fantastic energy retention
  • Extremely fast dive speed
Cons
  • Poor manoeuvrability for a fighter (heavy aircraft)
  • No payload options

History

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In-game description

Vought F4U-1A Corsair single-engine carrier-based fighter (IJNAF)

A single-seat, single-engine carrier-based fighter; an all-metal cantilever monoplane with a peculiar inverted gull wing. It was designed in the design bureau of Chance Vought for a single-seat carrier-based fighter competition announced by the USNAF. The V-166B prototype fighter made its first flight on May 26, 1940. In June 1942, the F4U fighter entered mass production.

In the middle of 1943, the F4U-1A variant began full-scale production. While creating this variant, Chance Vought's experts introduced some changes into the aircraft's design which contributed to its success as a carrier-based fighter.

The main landing gear shock absorbers' stroke was increased, and their stiffness was reduced. The pilot's cockpit was drastically redesigned; to improve forward and rear visibility, which was especially important when landing on an aircraft carrier, the pilot's cockpit canopy was made convex, and the pilot's seat was raised 17.8 cm.

The designers solved the problem of the fighter's stalling at near-minimum speeds in quite a simple way: a stall strip, 152 mm long, was fitted on the right wing in the area of the machine gun ports. When the left wing began to stall, which was typical of the F4U-1, this strip initiated flow separation over the right wing, leveling the aircraft out.

The F4U-1A's armament consisted of six large-calibre 12.7 mm Colt-Browning ANM2.5 machine guns, three on each wing.

The Corsair fighters were quite dangerous opponents for the Japanese fighters, so the Imperial Japanese Navy's experts wanted to take a closer look at the new American machine.

The Japanese managed to capture two Corsair fighters which had made forced landings. One of them was an F4U-1A, and the planes had apparently belonged to the US Marine Corps and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

The Japanese successfully repaired one machine, using the second F4U as a source of spare parts and partially covering the damaged parts of the wing surfaces with canvas. This restored Corsair was flight-tested. After Japan surrendered, this machine was discovered by the Americans at the flying school airfield in Kasumigaura.

Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.


Chance Vought Aircraft
Fighters  F4U-1A · F4U-1A (USMC) · F4U-1C · F4U-1D · F4U-4 · F4U-4B · F4U-4B VMF-214
Float planes  OS2U-1 · OS2U-3
Bombers  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3
Export  V-156-B1 · V-156-F · ▄Corsair F Mk II · F4U-7
Captured  ▅F4U-1A

Japan fighters
A5M  A5M4 · Hagiri's A5M4
A6M  A6M2 mod. 11 · A6M2 · A6M2-N · A6M3 · A6M3 mod. 22 · A6M3 mod. 22Ko · A6M5 · A6M5 Ko · A6M5 otsu
A7M  A7M1 (NK9H) · A7M2
F1M  F1M2
J2M  J2M2 · J2M3 · J2M4 Kai · J2M5 · J2M5 (30 mm)
J6K  J6K1
J7W  J7W1
N1K  N1K1 · N1K1-Ja · N1K2-J · N1K2-Ja
Ki-10  Ki-10-I · Ki-10-I C · Ki-10-II · Ki-10-II C
Ki-27  Ki-27 otsu
Ki-43  Ki-43-I · Ki-43-II · Ki-43-III otsu
Ki-44  Ki-44-I · Ki-44-II otsu · Ki-44-II hei
Ki-61  Ki-61-I ko · Ki-61-I otsu · Ki-61-I hei · Ki-61-I tei · Ki-61-II
Ki-84  Ki-84 ko · Ki-84 otsu · Ki-84 hei
Ki-87  Ki-87
Ki-94  Ki-94-II
Ki-100  Ki-100 · Ki-100-II
Other countries  A7He1 · ▅F4U-1A · ▅Bf 109 E-7 · ▅Fw 190 A-5