VOUGHT F4U CORSAIR

CORSAIR SERVICE

Manufacturers: Vought-Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, USA
(In 1943, became Chance Vought Aircraft Division of United Aircraft Corp., Stratford,
Connecticut, USA)
(In 1948, offices and facilities relocated to Dallas, Texas, USA)
Brewster Aeronautical Corp., Long Island City, New York, USA
The Goodyear Aircraft Corp., Akron, Ohio, USA
Model: V-166B (Developed from the Model V-166A)
Designations: F4U; AU, F3A, FG, F2G
Names: Corsair; Super Corsair (F2G, unofficial)
First official flight: (XF4U-1) 29/05/1940
Factory production period: 1940 - 1952
Primary service period: 1942 - 1953
Last official flight: (F4U-5) 1957

CORSAIR VARIANTS

Vought

1940 Model V-166B XF4U-1 1 Total: 00001
         
1942 Model V-166B F4U-1 758  
? Model V-166B F4U-1A 2066  
? Model V-166B F4U-1C 200  
1944 Model V-166B F4U-1D 1675 Total: 04699
         
1944 Model V-166B XF4U-4 5  
1944 Model V-166B F4U-4 2351 Total: 02356
         
1946 Model V-166B F4U-5 568 Total: 00568
         
1952 Model V-166B AU-1 111  
1952 Model V-166B F4U-7 94 Total: 00205

Brewster

1943 Model: ? F3A-1 735 Total: 00735

Goodyear

1943 Model: ? FG-1 1704  
1944 Model: ? FG-1D 2303 Total: 04007
         
? Model: ? F2G-1 5  
? Model: ? F2G-2 10 Total: 00015

 

Grand Total: 12586


The distinctive gull wing shape and massive prop of the
Corsair, which the Japanese named "Whistling Death."
This example is F4U-1A, BuNo. 17995, painted as RNZAF NZ2501.
NZ Fighter Pilots Museum, Wanaka, New Zealand, 1998.

CORSAIR PRODUCTION

Vought

XF4U-1
Prototype, carrier-based fighter, gull wings, ribbed canopy,
3-bladed prop.
Produced 1940

Vought Stratford, Connecticut (U)

BuNo.1443 ?

Total: 00001

F4U-1
As XF4U-1, relocated canopy, engine upgrade, 6 wing guns.
Produced

Vought Stratford, Connecticut (U)

BuNo.02153 / 02736 ?  
BuNo.03802 / 03841 ?  
BuNo.17392 / 17455 ?  
BuNo.18122 / 18191 ?

Total: 00758

F4U-1A
As F4U-1, single frame canopy, revised tailwheel, later
aircraft had engine upgrade.
Produced

Vought Stratford, Connecticut (U)

BuNo.17456 / 18121 ?  
BuNo.49660 / 50359 ?  
BuNo.55784 / 56483 ?

Total: 02066

237 to RNZAF as NZ5201 / NZ5396,
NZ5461 / NZ5463, NZ5465, NZ5487,
NZ5501 / NZ5536, designated as F4U-1.


F4U-1A, BuNo. 17995, features the "birdcage" canopy, distinctive of
the early Corsairs, this aircraft has been painted as RNZAF Corsair NZ2501.
Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, 1998.

F4U-1C
As F4U-1A, four 20mm wing cannons, clear canopy.
Produced

Vought Stratford, Connecticut (U)

200 mixed with F4U-1D BuNo.'s.

Total: 00200

F4U-1D
As F4U-1A, engine upgrade, wing mounted rockets,
bombs or fuel tanks, clear canopy.
1675 as F4U-1D.

200 as F4U-1C.
Produced

Vought Stratford, Connecticut (U)

BuNo.50360 / 50659 ?  
BuNo.57084 / 57983 ?  
BuNo.82178 / 82852 ?

Total: 01675

127 to RNZAF as NZ5397 / NZ5460, NZ5464,
NZ5466 / NZ5486, NZ5537 / NZ5577.
2 additional airframes cancelled.

XF4U-2 - Projected night-fighter prototype, cancelled.

XF4U-4
Prototype, engine upgrade, 4-bladed prop,
chin air intake below engine cowling.
2 F4U-1A's originally converted with this designation. 
Produced 1944

Vought Stratford, Connecticut (U)

BuNo.80759 / 80763 ?

Total: 00005

F4U-4
As XF4U-4, 6 wing guns, rocket pylons, later aircraft
had flat windscreen panel, forward mast deleted.
1753 as F4U-4.
297 as F4U-4B, 4 wing mounted M3 cannons.
300 as F4U-4C, 20mm wing cannons.
9 as F4U-4P, photo reconnaissance version.
Produced 1944 - 1945

Vought Stratford, Connecticut (U)

BuNo.62915 / 63071 ?  
BuNo.80764 / 82177 ?  
BuNo.96752 / 97531 ?

Total: 02351

3743 additional airframes cancelled.

F4U-5
As XF4U-5, engine upgrade, four 20mm wing cannons.
223 as F4U-5.
214 as F4U-5N, wing mounted radar scanner, autopilot.
101 as F4U-5NL, cold weather adaptions.
30 as F4U-5P, photo reconnaissance version.
Produced

Vought Stratford, Connecticut (U)
& Vought Dallas, Texas (U)

BuNo.121793 / 122066 ?  
BuNo.122153 / 122206 ?  
BuNo.123144 / 123203 ?  
BuNo.124441 / 124560 ?  
BuNo.124665 / 124724 ?

Total: 00568

AU-1
Ground attack version of F4U-5 for USMC, extra
combat changes, engine upgrade, air intake deleted.
US Navy designation was F4U-6.
Produced 1952

Vought Dallas, Texas (U)

BuNo.129318 / 129417 ?  
BuNo.133833 / 133843 ?

Total: 00111

F4U-7
As F4U-4B with AU-1 airframe, engine upgrade.
All delivered to the French Navy under MAP.
Produced 1952

Vought Dallas, Texas (U)

BuNo.133652 / 133731 ?  
BuNo.133819 / 133832 ?

Total: 00094

Brewster

F3A-1
Brewster built version of the F4U-1, later
aircraft built as F3A-1D (F4U-1D).
Produced 1943 - 1944

Brewster Long Island, New York (A)

BuNo.04515 / 04774 ?  
BuNo.08550 / 08797 ?  
BuNo.11067 / 11293 ?

Total: 00735

773 further airframes cancelled.

Goodyear

FG-1
Goodyear built version of the F4U-1, later
aircraft built as FG-1A (F4U-1A).
Produced 1943 - 1944

Goodyear Akron, Ohio (G)

BuNo.12992 / 14685 ?  
BuNo.76139 / 76148 ?

Total: 01704

FG-1D
Goodyear built version of the F4U-1D.
Produced 1944 - 1945

Goodyear Akron, Ohio (G)

BuNo.14686 / 14991 ?  
BuNo.67055 / 67099 ?  
BuNo.76149 / 76739 ?  
BuNo.87788 / 88453 ?  
BuNo.92007 / 92701 ?

Total: 02303

60 to RNZAF as NZ5601 / NZ5660.
755 additional airframes cancelled.


The last flying RNZAF Corsair!
FG-1D, BuNo. 92044, was RNZAF s/n: NZ5648 during World War II.
The RNZAF operated 424 Corsairs from 1942 to 1949 with 60 being of
the FG-1D variant which was the Goodyear built version of the F4U-1D.
Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, 2004.


A now repainted FD-1G, BuNo. 92044 (NZ5648 / ZK-COR), flares for landing.
Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, 2012.

FG-2 - Not used.
FG-4
- F4U-4 equivalent, 2 were built then destroyed, 2371 orders cancelled.

F2G-1 Super Corsair
As XF2G-1, land based version, engine upgrade, 4 wing guns.
Produced

Goodyear Akron, Ohio (G)

BuNo.88454 / 88458 ?

Total: 00005

403 additional airframes cancelled.

F2G-2 Super Corsair
As F2G-1, carrier version, arrestor hook, folding wings.
Produced

Goodyear Akron, Ohio (G)

BuNo.88459 / 88468 ?

Total: 00010

3 additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 12586

CORSAIR CONVERSIONS

US Navy

F4U-1P 1+ F4U-1, photo reconn. aircraft with camera in aft cockpit.
F4U-2 34 32 F4U-1 / 2 F4U-1A, 1942-1945, night fighter with wing radome and
revised exhausts, modified by the Naval Air Factory (NAF), Pennsylvania.
XF4U-3 1 F4U-1(02157), supercharger fitted, air scoop under fuselage, 4-bladed prop.
XF4U-3A 1 F4U-1A(17516), similar to XF4U-3.
XF4U-3B 1 F4U-1A(49664), engine upgrade, test aircraft for ground attack role.
XF4U-4 2 F4U-1A, 1944, engine / supercharger upgrade, chin air scoop, 4-bladed prop.
Modified as: F4U-4XA(49763), F4U-4XB(50301).
5 airframes new built with redesigned cockpit / canopy layout.
F4U-4E 1 F4U-4C, night fighter conversion with APS-4 wing mounted radar.
F4U-4N 1 F4U-4C, night fighter conversion with APS-6 wing mounted radar.
XF4U-5 3 F4U-4(97296, 97364, 97415), 1946, widened fuselage, engine upgrade,
twin chin air intakes, all metal wing surfaces, retractable tailwheel.
XF4U-6 1 F4U-5N(124665), ground attack prototype, later redesignated XAU-1.
FG-1E 1+ FG-1, deliveries with APS-4 radome, four 20mm wing cannons.
FG-1K 1+ FG-1, radio controlled target conversions.
FG-3 13 FG-1, conversions to XF4U-3 standards for high-altitude tests.
XF2G-1 8 FG-1(12992, 13471, 13472), 1945, prototypes with redesigned fuselage,
bubble canopy and non-folding wings for low-altitude roles.
5 FG-1D's for RN repossessed and also converted.

British Royal Navy

Corsair Mk. I 70 F4U-1, aircraft in service with the Royal Navy.
Assigned RN s/n: JT100 / JT169.
Corsair Mk. II 869 395 F4U-1A / 140 F4U-1D / 334 F3A-1, aircraft serving the RN.
Assigned RN s/n: JS469 / JS802, JT170 / JT704.
Corsair Mk. III 96 F3A-1, aircraft in service with the Royal Navy.
Assigned RN s/n: JS803 / JS888, JT963 / JT972.
Corsair Mk. IV 977 104 FG-1A / 873 FG-1D, aircraft in service with the Royal Navy.
Assigned RN s/n: KD161 / KD999, KE100 / KE117,
KE310 / KE429.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Corsairs delivered post WW2 to Argentina, El Salvador and Honduras.
 - Many Corsairs sold on the civil market as circuit racers and Warbirds.

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