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F4U-1C Corsair
General characteristics
1 personCrew
6.7646000976562 tTake-off weight
5.68 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11247 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8WEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
885 km/hStructural
730 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannonWeapon 1
924 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
36000 Rp icon.pngResearch
140000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png7100 / 8910/5740 / 7203/2040 / 2560Repair
39000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
140000 Sl icon.pngExperts
590 Ge icon.pngAces
148 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
280 % Sl icon.png340 % Sl icon.png90 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the American naval fighter F4U-1C. For other versions, see F4U (Family).


GarageImage F4U-1C.jpg

The F4U-1C Corsair is a rank III American fighter with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB) and 4.7 (RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

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.

Max Speed
(km/h at 6,096 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
643 622 11247 23.1 24.0 12.9 12.9 250
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,096 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
700 671 11247 20.9 22.0 20.7 16.4 250


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
885 730  470 ~11 ~3
Optimal velocities
< 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

  • 3 mm steel - above the front fuel tank
  • 8 mm steel - behind pilot's body
  • 12.7 mm steel - behind pilot's head
  • 38 mm bulletproof glass - armoured windscreen


Offensive armament

Main article: AN/M2 (20 mm)

The F4U-1C is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannons, wing-mounted (231 rpg = 924 total)

Usage in battles

Loved by its pilots, hated by its enemies, the F4U-1C is an easy to use U.S. Navy fighter, with robust all-round specifications. The Corsair optimally performs with stealth ammunition loaded for best damage output, allowing an experienced pilot to take out several targets before returning to base and reloading. It is best to selectively aim for the most critical parts of an enemy plane if you want to maximise kill efficiency while you're in the sky. A few 20mm shells to an enemy engine or cockpit will destroy their plane with a little luck. While this may seem easier said than done, diving onto your opponent is almost a guaranteed kill, and if you are unlucky, you still have an incredibly impressive dive speed under your belt to keep you from being a target. While flying this plane, like any U.S. fighter, you'll be in the most danger when you are 'floored' (at a low altitude), since your only escape is diving.

Facing mainly Japanese planes in Realistic Battles and Simulator Battles, it is important to note not to turn with A6M5s and the like, but to use Boom and Zoom tactics.

The F4U-1C is an excellent plane in all game modes, however, be aware of the very restrictive cockpit, which makes it extremely difficult to spot targets in Simulator Battles, especially those behind you.

Manual Engine Control

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


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe Offensive 20 mm
III Wings repair Engine
IV Engine injection Cover New 20 mm cannons

A major advantage of all US cannons are the default belts. They have the highest ratio of high-explosive shells of any tracer belts, only the stealth one is better in that regard.

This makes the ammunition upgrade unnecessary and allows for focused research on the performance upgrades.

As acceleration is one of this aircraft's flaws, initially researching "Compressor" and "Engine" will increase the ability of this aircraft to fly well.

Pros and cons


  • Great firepower
  • Great ammo reserves, >200 rpg
  • Great energy retention
  • Fast
  • High dive speed
  • Good turn time
  • Reasonable rate of climb
  • Can use the gear as makeshift airbrakes


  • Rather slow/sluggish acceleration
  • No rear visibility in the cockpit
  • Wings can rip at high-speed turns
  • The recoil from the cannons will yank the nose down quite a bit
  • Cannons are highly inaccurate to the point of uselessness unless upgraded


Main articleF4U Corsair History

The F4U-1C was based on the F4U-1D. The F4U-1D Corsair was designed in order to meet the Navy's requirement for capable carrier-based fighter-bombers. To meet this need, the -1D incorporate a Pratt and Whitney R-2800-8W water injection engine, increasing the engine power and the plane's speed from that of the F4U-1A. This gave it the increased performance necessary to carry a larger armament. Two pylons were added to the center wing section, that could hold 154 gallon fuel tanks, bombs up to 1,000 lbs, or napalm bombs. Because of the ability to carry more fuel externally, the 63 gallon fuel tanks in the wing tips were removed. Later in production, the ability to carry four 5 in rockets under each wing was added. In addition, the propeller diameter was reduced from 13 ft 4 in to 13 ft 1 in.

The F4U-1C was basically the same as the F4U-1D, except in primary armament. The -4D had a primary armament of six .50 in machine guns, as was standard for most Corsair variants. The F4U-1C replaced the .50 in machine guns with four 20 mm cannons. When rocket tabs were added to the F4U-1D, they were also added to the F4U-1C. This allowed it to carry eight 5 in rockets, along with the bombs and/or fuel tanks. All of the F4U-1Cs were fitted with the smaller propeller, with a diameter of 13 ft 1 in, whereas the -1D did not change the propeller size until after production had already started.

In-game description

The Chance Vought F4U Le Corsaire. The F4U-1C "Corsair" was a single-seater, single-engine carrier-based fighter.

The unusual W-shaped wings of the F4U required propeller of a diameter of about four meters. Those were the biggest propellers ever used in a single-engine fighter. Therefore, a conventional wing would have required a significant extension of the landing gear, reducing their strength. So the Chance Vought designers decided to use a new wing design and keep the landing gear at a normal length. Wind tunnel tests proved the new wing design's effectiveness. To reduce weight and improve aerodynamics, the plane's design used spot welding.

In 1943, the F4U-1C variant was developed. It differed mainly from the F4U-1A in its armament: instead of six machine guns, the plane had four 20-mm cannons. Because of its low rate of fire, the new Corsair was used primarily to attack ground targets and for nighttime interceptions and took practically no part in aerial fighter combat.

The F4U-1C was produced on a relatively small scale. Only 200 were made.


  • Reworked model of the F4U-1C.

See also

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • 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
Attackers  AU-1
Bombers  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3
Export  V-156-B1 · V-156-F · ▄Corsair F Mk II · F4U-7
Captured  ▅F4U-1A

USA fighters
P-26 Peashooter  P-26A-33 · P-26A-34 · P-26A-34 M2 · P-26B-35
P-36 Hawk  P-36A · Rasmussen's P-36A · P-36C · P-36G
P-39 Airacobra  P-400 · P-39N-0 · P-39Q-5
P-40  P-40C · P-40E-1 · P-40F-10
P-43 Lancer  P-43A-1
P-47 Thunderbolt  P-47D-22 RE · P-47D-25 · P-47D-28 · P-47M-1-RE · ⋠P-47M-1-RE · P-47N-15
P-51 Mustang  P-51 · P-51A (Thunder League) · P-51C-10 · P-51D-5 · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · P-51D-30 · P-51H-5-NA
P-63 Kingcobra  P-63A-5 · P-63A-10 · P-63C-5 · ␠Kingcobra
Prototypes  XP-55
F2A Buffalo  F2A-1 · Thach's F2A-1 · F2A-3
F3F  F3F-2 · Galer's F3F-2
F4F Wildcat  F4F-3 · F4F-4
F4U Corsair  F4U-1A · F4U-1A (USMC) · F4U-1D · F4U-1C · F4U-4 · F4U-4B · F4U-4B VMF-214
F6F Hellcat  F6F-5 · F6F-5N
F8F Bearcat  F8F-1 · F8F-1B
Other countries  ▃Ki-43-II · ▃Ki-61-Ib · ▃A6M2 · ▃Bf 109 F-4 · ▃Fw 190 A-8 · ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc