|This page is about the aircraft F4U-4. For other uses, see F4U (Disambiguation)|
The F4U-4 Corsair is a Rank III American naval fighter with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB) and 5.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A".
The F4U-4 is excellent at Boom & Zoom fighting. Its high energy-retention and acceleration make it the true pinnacle of the Corsairs. Although you don't get an air spawn, the climb rate of the F4U-4 makes up for that. When engaging an enemy, you should try and maintain an altitude advantage while keeping your speed up; speed is life, altitude is life insurance. Once you have attained an altitude advantage, you will want to roll then dive because the R-2800 P&W Double Wasp doesn't have fuel injection so if you bunt over into a dive you will most likely lose power momentarily. The six .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns, while not as destructive as let's say four 20 mm cannons or the eight .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns on the P-47, they will destroy any lighter aircraft with ease.
| Max Speed
(km/h at 9,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Max Speed
(km/h at 9,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< ???||< ???||< ???||> ???|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
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Survivability and armour
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of pilot.
- 3 mm Steel plates on top of fuel tank and in front of cockpit.
- 12.7 mm and 8 mm Steel plates behind pilot.
The F4U-4 is armed with:
- 6 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, wing-mounted (400 rpg = 2,400 total)
The F4U-4 can be outfitted with the following ordinance options:
- Without load
- 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 8 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (1,800 lb total)
- 2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 4 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (1,900 lb total)
- 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
- 8 x HVAR rockets
Usage in battles
Being true for the entire Corsair series the most distinctive features of this plane is its huge R-2800-P&W 18 Cylinder Radial engine and its inverted gull wing.
One Advantage of the Inverted gull wing;
- The Wing is impossible to rip in a dive as long as you don't pull a turn greater than 25 G's, which is almost impossible because the aircraft does suffer from compression above 800 kph.
One disadvantage of the aircraft is its high-speed dive characteristics;
- During the dive the aircraft tends to yaw severely to the right making you roll, possibly making the shot you need miss.
The worst enemies for the F4U are the Ki-84, N1K1, A7M's, and some late mark Zeros. Their extreme turning ability would make any of the F4U-4's attempt at turn fighting worthless. In the worst case scenario when these aircraft managed to get an energy advantage over the F4U-4, escape from the encounter with a dive and try to lose the aircraft through the assistance of allied anti-air fire from friendlies or the airfield.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Not controllable||Separate||Not ontrollable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Offensive 12 mm||FMBC mk.1|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||New 12 mm MGs||FLBC mk.1|
|IV||G-Suit||Engine Injection||Cover||FRC mk.2|
Pros and cons
- Respectable armament of six .50 Cal machine guns
- Powerful engine, which allows for excellent energy retention
- Decent secondary weapons for destroying ground targets
- Engine prone to overheating after prolonged usage of WEP (RB)
- Turn-fighting at low speeds is not advised.
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