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This page is about the American naval fighter F4U-1A (USMC). For other versions, see F4U (Family).
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The F4U-1A (USMC) is a variation of the F4U-1A that mainly served with the U.S. Marine Corps. Although the Corsair was originally intended for the U.S. Navy, the Corsair fit right in with the USMC. The Marine Corps successfully used Corsairs and many pilots favored the Corsair over obsolete aircraft like the F2A. Lieutenant Kenneth A. Walsh stated, “The F4U could outperform a Zero in every aspect except slow speed manoeuvrability and slow speed rate of climb.” Also, the F4U-1A lacked any water injection system until they were retrofitted after an experimental F4U-1A with the system was test flown.

The F4U-1A (USMC) Corsair was introduced in Update 1.39. It’s essentially the same aircraft as the F4U-1A however the USMC version lacks an arrestor hook which decreases the weight by around 30 kg (66.1 lbs). This slightly increases the acceleration but it’s negligible and both aircraft are very alike in performance. The USMC version also lacks any sort of suspended armament. To conclude, the USMC version lacks bombs, sits at a higher battle rating, and has virtually the same performance as the regular 1A. Nonetheless, it is still a good aircraft that can dominate due to its good high-speed characteristics and weaponry.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 7 000 m689 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude10 360 m
EnginePratt & Whitney R-2800-8W
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight7 t
Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 7,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 663 638 10360 22.1 22.8 8.7 8.7 250
Upgraded 724 689 20.0 21.0 16.8 12.3


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

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
AB784 → 984 Sl icon.png
RB1 625 → 2 041 Sl icon.png
SB2 425 → 3 045 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications14 160 Rp icon.png
20 200 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost860 Ge icon.png
Crew training9 200 Sl icon.png
Experts32 000 Sl icon.png
Aces320 Ge icon.png
Research Aces250 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
50 / 120 / 230 % Sl icon.png
130 / 130 / 130 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
920 Rp icon.png
1 300 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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1 300 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
1 600 Rp icon.png
2 300 Sl icon.png
155 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
1 200 Rp icon.png
1 700 Sl icon.png
115 Ge icon.png
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1 200 Rp icon.png
1 700 Sl icon.png
115 Ge icon.png
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Engine injection
2 300 Rp icon.png
3 300 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
1 600 Rp icon.png
2 300 Sl icon.png
155 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
2 300 Rp icon.png
3 300 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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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.

The removal of the carrier landing equipment lightened the F4U-1A (USMC) by a few hundred kilograms compared to the original F4U-1A, resulting in a better climb rate and 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
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
3 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons


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


  • 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


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.



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
Corsair  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 
Corsair II  A-7D · A-7E · A-7K
Crusader  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-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
BF2C  BF2C-1
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