F4U CORSAIR     

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The F4U was designed to use the largest engine and propeller a fighter plane had ever incorporated.  Due to the huge radius of the propeller blades, a "GULL WING" design was used to avoid ground clearance problems and reduce the length of the landing gear.   The powerful engine caused tremendous torque and made it difficult to land.  This flight characteristic earned it the nickname the  "Ensign Eliminator".  It's distinctive wing design and bubble canopy make the Corsair one of the most recognizable fighter aircraft of World War II.

The Corsair first appeared in action with the United States Marine Corps and quickly demonstrated its effectiveness during the Solomons Campaign in early 1943.   Although less maneuverable than the Japanese "Zero",  its  great performance in speed, climb / roll rate, ruggedness and large ammunition supply more than compensated. The F4U quickly demonstrated its superiority over enemy fighters and established an 11:1 "kill" ratio against the Japanese by the end of World War II.   The F4U Corsair remained in active combat service through the Korean War.  

This particular aircraft was on a training mission in 1946 when it ran out of fuel.  The pilot managed to nicely "ditch" the plane in the calm waters.  The aircraft now rests in 107 fsw off  Maunalua Bay Oahu, Hawaii.

F4U CORSAIR: Crew 1; Wingspan 41 ft.; Length 34 ft.;  MATOW 18,873 lbs; Engine- Pratt & Whitney R-2800 "Double Wasp" 18 cylinder, 2-row radial; 2200 HP; Speed 395 mph; Ceiling 37,000 ft; Range 1000 NM. Armament: 6 MG53-2 .50cal (12.7mm) machine guns, 8 x 5 inch rockets or 2-1000 lb bombs.

                                  

                                                     

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