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Vought F4U-4 Corsair

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.

Service History

  • Delivered: 
  • 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

MFG: Chance Vought

First Produced: 1942

Powerplant: P/W R-2800-18W

Horsepower: 2,100

Prop: Hamilton Standard

Service Ceiling: 41,500 ft

Cruise: 215 mph

Top Speed: 446 mph

Range: 1,000 miles

Empty Weight: 9,205 lbs

Gross Weight: 14,670 lbs

Wing Span: 41’

Wing Area: 422 sq. ft

Length: 33’8”

Height: 14’9”

Armament: (6) .50 cal machine guns, 200 lbs of bombs or (8) rockets

Number Built: 12,571 total

This F4U-4 currently under restoration was obtained by Yanks in 1984.