F4U-1C

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F4U-1C Corsair
f4u-1c.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
4.7/4.7/5.0BR
1 personCrew
4.7 tEmpty weight
6.8 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
11 247 mCeiling
sec22.4/22.4/22.0Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8WEngine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
885 km/hStructural
730 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 х 20 mm AN/M2 cannonWeapon 1
924 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
Economy
40 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 290 / 6 638/4 100 / 5 145/1 450 / 1 819Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
700 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.54 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the American naval fighter F4U-1C. For other uses, see F4U (Family).

Description

GarageImage F4U-1C.jpg


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

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,096 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
637 623 11 247 23.5 24.1 11.1 12.9 250
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,096 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ? 671 11 247  ??.? 22.0  ??.? 16.4 250

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
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 2,270 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,876 m 1,800 hp 2,043 hp
Setting 3
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,401 m 1,700 hp 1,949 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

Armaments

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 A6M5sand 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
Controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable

Modules

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

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.

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

Pros and cons

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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

History

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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."

Media

  • Reworked model of the F4U-1C.

See also

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