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VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
F4U-7 Corsair
General characteristics
1 personCrew
8.00 tTake-off weight
7.1 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11500 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18wEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
885 km/hStructural
670 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm M3 cannonWeapon 1
984 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
10 x 100 kg No.1Setup 1
10 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 2
4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 3
3 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 4
10 x HVAR rocketsSetup 5
10 x T10 140 rocketSetup 6
10 x T10 151 rocketSetup 7
114 x SNEB type 23 rocketSetup 8
71000 Rp icon.pngResearch
260000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png8500 / 11220/7330 / 9675/3320 / 4382Repair
74000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
260000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1200 Ge icon.pngAces
178 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
260 % Sl icon.png200 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the French naval fighter F4U-7. For other versions, see F4U (Family).


GarageImage F4U-7.jpg

The F4U-7 Corsair is a rank IV French naval fighter with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X".

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 9,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
682 663 11500 21.1 21.8 14.3 14.3 200
Max Speed
(km/h at 9,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ??? 711 11500  ??.? 20.0  ??.? 18.5 200


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
470 ~11 ~3
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 cockpit front.
  • 3 mm Steel plates in front of the cockpit, top of the fuselage.
  • 8 mm Steel plate behind the pilot.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate on the headrest.


Offensive armament

Main article: AN/M3 (20 mm)

The F4U-7 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm AN/M3 cannons, wing-mounted (246 rpg = 984 total)

The four cannons are arranged in bundles of two mounted in each wing. Each is armed with the same amount of ammunition, which means that all guns will fire together until empty.

Suspended armament

Main articles: HVAR, T10 140, T10 151, SNEB Type 23

The F4U-7 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 10 x 100 kg №.1 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 10 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (2,500 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (3,000 lb total)
  • 10 x HVAR rockets
  • 10 x T10 140 rockets
  • 10 x T10 151 rockets
  • 114 x SNEB Type 23 rockets

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Auto control available
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
3 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 20 mm 100 GPs FRC mk.2
II Compressor Airframe FSBC mk.5 Matra T10 140
III Wings repair Engine New 20 mm cannons FMBC mk.1 Matra T10 151
IV G-suit Engine injection Cover FLBC mk.1 Matra SNEB

Pros and cons


  • Excellent armament when fully upgraded, high ammo count
  • No compression under 700 km/h
  • 114 x SNEB rockets are devastating against both ground and air targets


  • Relatively bad climb rate
  • Limited WEP (11 minutes)
  • Fragile tail section
  • Extremely inaccurate guns when stock
  • Performs poorly with added weight from suspended armaments


French F4U-7s tested with SS-11 anti-tank guided missiles

The F4U-7 could carry SS-11 ATGM's. The same ATGMs on the Premium AMX-13 SS.11. France experimented with the idea in 1956 due to the inaccuracies with free-fall bombs and unguided rockets. France also couldn't afford sortie after sortie with a shortage of pilots, so the only way to combat that was to make weapons more accurate. Use of the SS.11 on the F4U-7 required intense training as there would be 2 sticks, one to fly the plane and one to guide the missile to its target. This required the pilot to have "2 brains" as you would have to fly while watching the ATGM. France found it to be good, so they decided to select a squadron to start the process on, but however, they decided to not pursue it. France couldn't take 15 Corsairs at a time to be fitted with ATGMs. This was due to their small fleet of only around 115 F4U-7s. However, the idea did live on with another plane.


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

France fighters
Dewoitine  D.371 · D.371 H.S.9 · D.373 · D.500 · D.501 · Pallier's D.510 · D.520
Morane-Saulnier  M.S.405C1 · M.S.406C1 · M.S.410
Arsenal  V.G.33C-1
Bloch  M.B.152C1 · M.B.157
Caudron  C.R.714
Sud-Ouest  S.O.8000 Narval
American  H-75A-1 · H-75A-4 · ▄P-40F-5 Lafayette · ▄P-47D-22 RE · ▄P-63C-5 · ▄F6F-5 · ▄F6F-5N · F4U-7 · ▄F8F-1B
Other countries  ▄Yak-3 · Challe's ▄Yak-9T · NC.900