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This page is about the American naval fighter F4U-1D. For other uses, see F4U (Family).
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The F4U-1D Corsair is a rank III American fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB), 3.3 (RB), and 3.7 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

The F4U-1D is a further development of the preceding F4U-1A, featuring much improved performance thanks to a more powerful engine and improved aerodynamics.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Max speed
at 6 096 m671 km/h
Turn time22 s
Max altitude11 247 m
EnginePratt & Whitney R-2800-8W
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight7 t

The stock performance is not that great. The engine overheats extremely easily, even just at 100% throttle, and once it has overheated it takes a century to cool down. Don't even think about using WEP except takeoff or very extreme emergencies or else your engine will die. However, once spaded it can perform very well using Boom and Zoom tactics, and can even out turn some aircraft. It will quickly lose energy in a turn, so it is primarily an energy fighter.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,096 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 644 621 11247 23.1 23.9 11.7 11.7 250
Upgraded 703 671 20.9 22.0 19.6 15.2


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
885 730 388 330 252 ~11 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 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 2,043 hp
Setting 3
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,400 m 1,650 hp 1,872 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural885 km/h
Gear730 km/h
  • 3 mm Steel - Upper engine cowling armour plate
  • 8 mm Steel - Behind pilot's seat
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Pilot's headrest
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Windshield

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 200 → 1 507 Sl icon.png
RB3 300 → 4 144 Sl icon.png
SB3 370 → 4 232 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications19 800 Rp icon.png
47 400 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost980 Ge icon.png
Crew training22 000 Sl icon.png
Experts77 000 Sl icon.png
Aces400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces280 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
40 / 140 / 260 % Sl icon.png
136 / 136 / 136 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
1 300 Rp icon.png
3 100 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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3 100 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
1 500 Rp icon.png
3 600 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
1 700 Rp icon.png
4 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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1 700 Rp icon.png
4 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
2 100 Rp icon.png
5 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
1 500 Rp icon.png
3 600 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
2 100 Rp icon.png
5 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
1 300 Rp icon.png
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FRC mk.2
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3 600 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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1 700 Rp icon.png
4 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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FLBC mk.1
2 100 Rp icon.png
5 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png


Offensive armament

Ammunition2 350 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: M2 Browning (12.7 mm)

The F4U-1D is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

Number of setups2
List of setups
Setup 18 x HVAR rockets
Setup 22 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
Main articles: AN-M65A1 (1,000 lb), HVAR

The F4U-1D can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 8 x HVAR rockets
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)

Usage in battles

Due to its 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 Boom & Zoom is still recommended, but some planes you can out turn, such as the 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.

When you are diving on a Japanese plane and it turns around, do not follow it in the turn to get a couple shots off. Instead pull an Immelmann turn, and you will end up right on the tail of an opponent with a lot less energy while you still have a lot. The same tactic can work against German aircraft to an extent as well.

Suitable for both dog-fighting as ground attacking the Corsair fulfils many roles.

With 8 rockets a great variety of targets can be taken care of. Four tanks of any size, if aimed well, four light pillboxes, or a single destroyer. 2,000 lbs (~1,000 kg for in-game purposes) deliver enough punch for 2/3 of a strategic base, or 1/2 Japanese Carrier.

Simulator mode procedures

Hands-off carrier take-off (Auto engine control, no secondary weapons): Ignite engine, flaps: raised, elevator trim: 20%, aileron trim: 11%, rudder trim: 6%, WEP throttle, hands off controls until you get lifted off the ground.

Specific enemies worth noting

When facing the Japanese, you always have to look out for A6Ms, Ki-61s, and Ki-43s. Against all past mentioned you should never turn-fight them, boom-and-zoom each and let your superior speed, energy retention, and dive speed save you.

When facing the Germans or Italians, you have to be wary of Bf 109 F-4's and Bf 109 G-2's, each will outclimb you, outgun you, and accelerate faster than you. The best way to counter a 109 is to jump one that is on an teammate's tail, and pour your 6 x .50 cals into them. Unlike the Japanese planes, a 109 can take a lot of hits, and its fires can go out as well, so be wary. You do not have to worry much about Fw 190's, the only thing worth mentioning is to never head-on one, and if you do happen to get one on your tail, either out dive it or turn-fight it.


The best countermeasure against the F4U-1D is to outclimb it. If you do then it will be a sitting duck. If you are at the same altitude as it, try to engage it in a turn-fight if you have more energy than it (be mindful, a skilled pilot can make his F4U-1D out-turn the agile Bf 109 F-4).

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

Pros and cons


  • High acceleration and speed in level flight and in a dive.
  • Heavy armament of six .50 cal heavy machine guns.
  • Large machine gun ammunition reserve and fast reload.
  • Can carry significant ground attack ordnance.
  • Good energy retention.


  • Wing-mounted armament.
  • Mediocre climb rate and turning capabilities.
  • Relatively fragile airframe.
  • High-speed handling suffers due to compression at speeds above 611 km/h (380 mph).
  • Poor cockpit visibility to the rear.


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.

In-game description

When designing the single-engine carrier-based fighter-bomber designated as the Chance Vought F4U-1D Le Corsaire ("The Corsair"), it was decided to ignore the new weaponry from the F4U-1C and use six of the proven 12.7 mm machine guns (as had been on the F4U-1A).

The plane's main innovation was its capacity to hold two 454-kg bombs and one 907-kg bomb. Thus, the F4U-1D could be used as a heavy fighter-bomber. Also, additional fuel tanks could be installed instead of bombs. In addition, a more powerful engine was added, and the last 266 F4U-1Ds and 295 FG-1Ds could carry eight 127-millimeter HVAR rockets.

The F4U-1D, the first large-scale variant after the F4U-1A, was produced not only at Chance Vought factory, but also at the Goodyear factory. Planes from the latter became known as FG-1Ds. The Brewster plant, which had produced the F4U-1A, did not work on the production of this variant, as its contract was annulled.

All in all, 1685 F4U-1Ds were made at the Chance Vought factory and 1997 FG-1Ds at the Goodyear factory.


Reworked model of the F4U-1D.

See also

External links


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
Jet aircraft  A-7D · F8U-2 · F-8E
Export  V-156-B1 · V-156-F · ▄Corsair F Mk II · F4U-7 · ▄F-8E(FN)
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-40E-1 TD · 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 · F2G-1
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