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F4U-4 Corsair
General characteristics
1 personCrew
7.3 tTake-off weight
3.33 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11 500 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18wEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
885 km/hStructural
730 km/hGear
Offensive armament
6 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
2 400 roundsAmmunition
768 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
8 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 1
4 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
2 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 2
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
8 x HVAR rocketsSetup 4
54 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
180 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png9 600 / 12 643/6 850 / 9 021/2 180 / 2 871Repair
52 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
180 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
166 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
370 % Sl icon.png310 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the aircraft F4U-4. For other uses, see F4U (Family).


GarageImage F4U-4.jpg

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.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 9,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
681 667 11,500 21.3 21.7 11.9 14.2 200
Max Speed
(km/h at 9,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 11,500  ??.? 20.0  ?.?  ?.? 200


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
885 730 470 ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< 450 < 220 < 500 > 450
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
450 m 2,100 hp 2,450 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,638 m 1,885 hp 2,199 hp
Setting 3
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
7,619 m 1,710 hp 1,955 hp

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.


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The F4U-4 is armed with:

  • 6 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, wing-mounted (400 rpg = 2,400 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

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

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm FMBC mk.1
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine New 12 mm MGs FLBC mk.1
IV G-Suit Engine Injection Cover FRC mk.2

Pros and cons


  • Fast
  • 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 heavy aircraft at low speeds is not advised


Main articleF4U Corsair History

The F4U-4 was based on the -1A Corsair. In order to improve and modernize the Corsair, so it would be able to fight the new Japanese planes in the Pacific, a number of changes were made. One of the major changes was the engine. The Pratt and Whitney R-2800-8W engine was replaced by the more powerful R-2800-18W engine. This -18W engine boosted the speed of the Corsair by up to 46.3 kph (25 kn, 28.76 mph). When injected with an alcohol/water mixture, the performance could be boosted even further. In order for the propeller to be able to handle the more powerful engine, the propeller had to be changed from 3 blades to 4 blades. Modifications to the fuselage were required, including the addition of a scoop to the lower engine cowling. In addition, the cockpit was completely redesigned.

The armament of the -4 corsair was six .50 in machine guns, up to 4,000 lbs of bombs and/or eight 5 in rockets. There were multiple variants of the F4U-4. There was the F4U-4B, which had only slight modifications for the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy. They were never actually delivered to the Royal Navy, as the US kept them instead.The F4U-4C was another variant, which had four 20 mm cannons instead of six .50 in machine guns. There were also two night fighter variants, the F4U-4E and the F4U-4N. The -4E had an APS-4 search radar on the starboard wing tip, while the -4N had an APS-6 search radar instead. Both night fighter versions replaced the six .50 in machine guns with four 20 mm cannons. There was also F4U-4K, an experimental drone variant, and the F4U-4P, a photo reconnaissance variant.


The Shooting Range #122 - Pages of History section at 03:50 discusses the fate of the F4U Corsair after WW2.

See also

External links

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Export  V-156-B1 · V-156-F · ▄Corsair F Mk II · F4U-7
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  • "F4U-4 Corsair", F4U Corsair - The Bent Wing Bird plane sight, Retrieved on 28 March 2020.
  • "Types of Plane F4U - Variants", F4U Corsair- The Bent Wing Bird plane sight, Retrieved on 28 March 2020.