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F4U-1a Corsair
F4u-1a
Note: Base stats only (no upgrade installed)
Rank II (2)
Battle Rating 3.0
Type Naval Fighter
Maximum Speed on height 670 km/h
Maximum Altitude 8,400 m
Turn Time 24.3 seconds
Rate of Climb 12.3 m/s
Takeoff Run 358 m
Armament 6x 12.7 mm Browning machine gun (2350 rds)
Burst Mass 3.23 kg/s

The Chance Vought F4U-1a Corsair is an American naval fighter in the U.S. Navy. The F4U-1a currently sits at Rank 2 in the American line with an upfront cost of 180,000 Lion.

Design, Development & Operational HistoryEdit

The single-engine Chance Vought F4U Corsair was designed in 1938 for a U.S. Navy single-seater carrier-based fighter competition. The prototype showed excellent performance characteristics but was in need of substantial improvement. Even after the completion and launch of the F4U-1, a number of problems were discovered which prevented the aircraft from being used as a carrier-based fighter, and the Navy was forced to use the first F4U-1's for Marine Corps ground-based operations.

In the middle of 1943, the F4U-1A variant made its debut. To improve visibility, which was especially important when landing on an aircraft carrier, the cockpit canopy was modified to a convex shape, and the pilot’s chair was raised 17.8 cm. Dive speed problems were solved with a stall strip just outboard of the gun ports on the starboard wing’s leading edge.

The F4U-1A was produced not only at the Chance Vought factory, where the aircraft was designed, but also at the Brewster and Goodyear factories (with the designations F3A-1A and FG-1A, respectively). The latter model differed in that its wings were not folding. The Chance Vought factory produced a total of 2126 F4U-1A's.


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