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"APACHE" | AH-64A Peten
F4U-1C Corsair
General characteristics
1 personCrew
6.8 tTake-off weight
5.68 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11 247 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8WEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
885 km/hStructural
730 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm AN/M2 cannonWeapon 1
924 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
40 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 400 / 4 267/4 300 / 5 396/1 560 / 1 957Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
700 Ge icon.pngAces
154 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
360 % Sl icon.png330 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the American naval fighter F4U-1C. For other uses, see F4U (Family).


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). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 6,096 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
637 623 11 247 23.5 24.1 11.1 12.9 250
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,096 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 11 247  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 250


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
885 730 440 ~12 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 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 front fuel tank
  • 8 mm steel - behind pilot's body
  • 12.7 mm steel - behind pilot's head
  • 38 mm bulletproof glass - armoured windscreen


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


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 a focused research on the performance upgrades.

As acceleration is the one of the planes flaws, going for "Compressor" and "Engine" first is advised.

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


  • Great firepower
  • Great ammo reserves, >200rds per gun
  • Great energy retention
  • Fast
  • High dive speed
  • Good turn time
  • Mediocre rate of climb


  • Rather slow/sluggish acceleration
  • No rear visibility in 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.


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Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
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