F4U-1A (USMC)

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F4U-1A (USMC) Corsair
f4u-1a_usmc.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.3/3.3/3.0BR
FighterClass
1 personCrew
6.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
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
14 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
55 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 930 / 6 187/4 410 / 5 534/1 180 / 1 480Repair
16 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
55 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
× (130) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft F4U-1A (USMC). For other uses, see F4U (Disambiguation)

Description

The F4U-1A (USMC) in the garage


The F4U-1A (USMC) Corsair is a Rank II American naval fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB) and 3.3 (RB/SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.39.

General info

Flight Performance

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
619 604 22.4 23.0 6.9 8.8 250
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
689 653 19.6 21.0 20.2 12.3 250

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
885 730 440 ~12 ~4
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 420 < 450 < 500 > 270
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
610 m 2,000 hp 2,350 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,876 m 1,800 hp 2,115 hp
Setting 3
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,401 m 1,690 hp 1,986 hp

Survivability and armour

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

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

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

  • 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, wing-mounted (400 + 400 + 375 rpg each wing = 2,350 total)

The F4U-1A (USMC) can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
  • 1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb-->

Usage in battles

Due to it's 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 BnZ is still recommended, but some planes you can out turn (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.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Controllable 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:

  • Great diving characteristics
  • Good energy retention
  • Great speed
  • Better Performance than its original counterpart
  • Good climb rate
  • Great high-speed maneuverability
  • Great armament

Cons:

  • Can't land on carriers, lack of arrestor hook
  • Mediocre flat turning characteristics
  • Vulnerable to incendiary ammo
  • Big target, easy to hit
  • Weak Damage Model

History

The single-engine Chance Vought F4U Corsair was designed in 1938 for a U.S. Navy single-seater carrier-based fighter competition. This aircraft was designed from the outset as a carrier borne fighter. It featured an inverted gull wing to keep the huge propeller off the ground while keeping the landing gear short for carrier operations. Even after the completion and launch of the F4U-1, a number of problems were discovered which initially prevented the aircraft from being used as a carrier-based fighter such as bad stall characteristics due to the gull wing, no visibility over the nose for carrier landings and bouncing off the deck after landing. The Navy was forced to use the first F4U-1s for Marine Corps ground-based operations until January 1945 when most of these problems were overcome.

In the middle of 1943, the F4U-1A variant made its debut. To improve visibility, which was especially important when landing on an aircraft carrier, the cockpit canopy was modified to a convex shape, and the pilot’s chair was raised 17.8 cm. Dive speed problems were solved with a stall strip just outboard of the gun ports on the starboard wing’s leading edge.

The F4U-1A was produced not only at the Chance Vought factory, where the aircraft was designed, but also at the Brewster and Goodyear factories (with the designations F3A-1A and FG-1A, respectively). The latter model differed in that its wings were not folding. The Chance Vought factory produced a total of 2126 F4U-1As.

Media

An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
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External links

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