F4U-1A (USMC)

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This page is about the American naval fighter F4U-1A (USMC). For other uses, see F4U (Family).
F4U-1A (USMC)
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F4U-1A (USMC)
AB RB SB
3.0 3.3 3.3
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Description

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). It was introduced in Update 1.39.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 5 486 m653 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude10 360 m
EnginePratt & Whitney R-2800-8W
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight7 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,486 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 627 602 10360 22.1 22.8 8.8 8.8 250
Upgraded 687 653 20.0 21.0 16.8 12.3

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
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 2,096 hp
Setting 3
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,400 m 1,650 hp 1,921 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural885 km/h
Gear730 km/h
  • 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

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 410 → 1 770 Sl icon.png
RB4 240 → 5 325 Sl icon.png
SB3 300 → 4 144 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications10 480 Rp icon.png
23 800 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost750 Ge icon.png
Crew training11 000 Sl icon.png
Experts38 000 Sl icon.png
Aces250 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
60 / 230 / 290 % Sl icon.png
124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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Radiator
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
1 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 700 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
870 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 000 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
870 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 000 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
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Airframe
Research:
1 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 700 Sl icon.png
140 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
1 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
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bmg50_belt_pack
Research:
690 Rp icon.png
Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
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bmg50_new_gun
Research:
870 Rp icon.png
Cost:
2 000 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

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

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

  • 6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (375 rpg outer + 400 rpg centre + inner = 2,350 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 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 the enemy and forcing the enemy down low where you can finish them off.

Another thing to note is that the USMC Corsair's engine is optimized for operation at lower altitudes and climbs marginally faster in the lower altitudes than the F4U-1A due to the tweaking of the engine's capabilities. In addition to this, removal of the carrier landing equipment lightened the F4U-1A (USMC) few hundred kilograms compared to the original F4U-1A, resulting in a slight advantage in manoeuvrability. This positively affects both the vertical and the horizontal manoeuvres along with providing slightly faster acceleration and a minor edge with its maximum speed.

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great diving characteristics
  • Good energy retention
  • Great speed
  • Better performance than its original counterpart
  • Good climb rate
  • Great high-speed manoeuvrability
  • 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 seat 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 could not fold. The Chance Vought factory produced a total of 2,126 F4U-1As.

Media

Images
Reworked model of the F4U-1A (USMC).
Videos

See also

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.

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
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-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