In 1945 the Vought plant cranked out a new F4U-4 every 85 minutes (300 per month). The sleek F4U’s design used compound curvature skins on the fuselage and gull-wing sections and flush rivets on the entire aircraft.
The Corsair’s trademark is the inverted “bent” gull wing. This created a better field of vision, less drag, and more prop clearance.
The Corsair was in production until 1952, longer than any other fighter in WWII and was also the last piston engine fighter produced for the United States.
The Corsair has a kill ratio of 11:1 and was the first Navy warplane to exceed 400 MPH in level flight.
Named “Whistling Death” by the Japanese, the F4U’s outstanding overall performance made it the finest carrier born fighter of the war.
Major Greg “Pappy” Boyington took command of the reorganized VMF-214 in 1943. On their first mission, “Pappy” became the first Corsair “Ace In A Day” and the “Black Sheep” claimed 47 confirmed kills in one month. The Corsair starred in the 1976 television series Baa Baa Black Sheep.
|DISPLAY STATUS||COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||CURRENT LOCATION|
|PURPOSE & TYPE||MATERIALS||ERA & DATE RANGE|
|Fighter||Steel|| World War II
1939 – 1945
|MFG: Chance Vought
First Produced: 1942
Number Built: 12, 571 total
Armament: (6) .50 caliber machine guns, 200 lbs of bombs or (8) rockets
This F4U-4 is currently under restoration and was obtained by Yanks in 1984.
Wing Area: 422 sq ft
Empty Weight: 9,205 lbs
Gross Weight: 14,670 lbs
Powerplant: P/W R-2800-1W
Cruise Speed: 215 mph
Maximum Speed: 446 mph
Range: 1,000 miles
1950 – ABD USS Boxer & USS Valley Forge
1951 & 55 – NAF El Centro, CA & San Diego, CA
1952-53 – NAS Alameda, CA
1954 – Seattle, WA
1956 – Olathe, KS & Litchfield Park, AZ then retired
Stricken: July, 1956