|The Vought F4U Corsair was literally built around the Pratt & Whitney 2,000 HP radial engine.
The engine was so massive and produced so much energy that a Hamilton Standard 13 feet 4
inch propeller, the largest of WWII, was required. The F4U was the first American fighter aircraft
to exceed 400 MPH. The Corsair was referred to by the Japanese as “Whispering Death” and
became a legend in its own time. This aircraft was one of the most distinctive designs with it
bent wings making it an icon.
In July 1942 John Thomas Blackburn was ordered to organize VGF-29 as the Commanding
Officer. On January 1, 1943 Lt.Cdr John Thomas Blackburn became Commander of the newly
formed VF-17 equipped with F4U-1 Corsairs in April 1943. Blackburn’s use of the fearsome
“Jolly Roger” skull and crossbones was to emphasize the daring attitude of his pilots. On
November 8, 1943 six VF-17 Corsairs engaged fifteen Val Dive Bombers and twenty four Zeros
downing three Zeros and damaging four others with no VF-17 losses. Blackburn’s final war total
was eleven kills.
Specifications for the Vought F4U-1A
Total Aircraft Manufactured - 12,571 of 24 variants
Manufactured By – Vought and under license by Goodyear and Brewster
Crew – 1 pilot
Length – 33 ft 4in (10.1 m)
Wingspan – 41 ft 0 in (12.5 m)
Height – 16 ft 1 in (4.9 m)
Powerplant – 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W radial engine producing 2,250 HP (1,678 kW)
Maximum Speed – 425 mph (369 kn / 684 kph)
Service Ceiling – 36,900 ft (11,200 m)
Rate of Climb – 3,180 ft/min (16.2 m/s)
Range – 1,015 mi (882 nm / 1,633 km)
Empty – 8,982 lb (4,073 kg)
Loaded – 14,000 lb (6,300 kg)
6 x 0.50 in (12.7 mm) AN/M2 Browning Machine guns with 400 rounds per gun for 4 and 375
rounds per gun for two.
Rockets – 4 x 5 in. (12.7 cm) High Velocity Aircraft Rockets
Bombs – 2,000 lbs. (910 kg)
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F4U-1A Corsair White 1 "Big Hog"
Lt. Cdr. Tom Blackburn
VF-17, Nov 1943
|THIS SHOWS HOW THE WINGS
GO FROM FOLDED TO EXTENDED
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