|(Alex Kew Photo)|
The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought's manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear and Brewster: Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A. From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured by Vought, in 16 separate models, in the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history (1942–53).Juvat mentioned this bird in the comments last week (which was all Spitfires!) and mentioned how the P-51, Spitfire and Corsair together would be pretty sweet. Well, throw in a P-40 and you have this -
And while there is no Corsair, the Cap'n (aka King of the North) desired a side of B-17 Flying Fortress to go with his Spitfire and Mustang...
I do "AIM" to please...
|Oops! F-4G - Not F4U,|
Right then, back to the Corsair! (In this next video, if you listen closely, you'll understand why the Corsair was nicknamed "The Whistling Death"!)
The F4U incorporated the largest engine available at the time: the 2,000 hp (1,500 kW) 18-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial. To extract as much power as possible a relatively large Hamilton Standard Hydromatic three-blade propeller of 13 feet 4 inches (4.06 m) was used. To accommodate a folding wing the designers considered retracting the main landing gear rearward but, for the chord of wing that was chosen, it was difficult to make the landing gear struts long enough to provide clearance for the large propeller. Their solution was an inverted gull wing, which considerably shortened the required length of the main gear legs. The anhedral of the wing's center-section also permitted the wing and fuselage to meet at the optimum angle for minimizing drag, without using wing root fairings. The bent wing, however, was heavier and more difficult to construct thus offsetting these benefits.
|It's time for the rocket's red glare!|
|For the cutaway fans...|
Speaking of cutaway views, I found this on the webs of world-wideness. Mr Park was an amazing modeler. Here's a sample of his work. RIP Mr Park.
|The detail astonishes me!|
|Avec la Marine Française|
|Tailhook Legacy Flight, NAS Oceana|
(Gladiators and Corsairs!)
|Hook Down and Homeward Bound|
(H/T to RL, USS ESSEX 1962 - 65)
|Somewhere in the Pacific|
|First Kill for the Jolly Rogers|