Vought was commissioned to develop a night fighter variant of the F4U-1 and working with other
companies managed to come up with the necessary radar needed for night operations. A total of
32 F4U-1s were converted to the new F4U-2 Night Fighter at the Naval Aircraft factory while 2
were completed on Kwajalein Atoll. As for the number of Japanese aircraft destroyed by these
night fighters, it was low but the existence of these aircraft made the Japanese Air Force stop
their night time bombing raids.
F4U-2 Corsair 02624 belonged to VMF(N)-532 Black 212 named “Midnite Cocktail” was assigned
to Lt. Caniff but was flown by several pilots. On April 1, 1944 Capt. Howard Bollman was piloting
this aircraft when several G4M Bettys from Saipan were encountered by Bollman and two other
Corsairs from VFM(N)-532. The 3 Bettys were all shot down and Black 212 received a kill
marking on its nose. Later in 1944 the Americans captured Saipan and used the airfield to
advance toward the Japanese homeland.
Specifications for the Vought F4U-1A Corsair
The F4U-2 was the night variant equipped with radar
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)
1/48 scale pre-finished.
Straight wing section can be removed and replaced with a section that makes
it look like the wings are folded, no hinges.
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Canopy slides open.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
Option to easily remove the landing gear and cover the openings with doors.
Extremely sought after by collectors.
|Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
F4U-2 Corsair "Midnite Cocktail"
VMF(N)-532, USMC, Saipan, July 1944
|THIS SHOWS HOW THE WINGS
GO FROM FOLDED TO EXTENDED
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