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Vought F4U Corsair (USA, 1944)

Vought F4U Corsair (USA, 1944)

The Vought F4U Corsair radial-engined naval fighter was one of the most prominent American aircraft of the Second World War.



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Vought F4U Corsair

Top view


  • indicator
  • compass
  • turn indicator
  • ignition switch
  • aircraft clock
  • fuel gauge
  • joystick


  • engine cowling
  • exhaust port
  • tyre
  • wheel well
  • retractable tailwheel
  • propeller
  • retractable landing gear
  • Pitot static tube - A pressure sensor for measuring the aircraft's speed.
  • folding wings
  • insignia
  • fuselage
  • horizontal stabiliser
  • canopy ('birdcage')
  • radio aerial
  • vertical stabiliser
  • machine gun

Radial engine

  • propeller shaft
  • propeller
  • propeller circle
  • cylinder
  • exhaust stack

Formation flying



The fighter aircraft, nicknamed the 'Bent Wing Bird', was developed for the United States Navy during the Second World War. Numerous variants of the aircraft existed. Pilots often called the F4U-1 version shown in the animation the 'birdcage', due to the unique shape of the plane's canopy.

The naval fighter was equipped with a radial engine rated at 2,000 hp, which was able to propel the plane up to a speed of 670 km/h. The Corsair was the fastest carrier-capable aircraft in the Second World War.

Due to its dimensions and engine power, it was equipped with a large propeller. Its characteristic folding wings had the shape of the letter W when viewed from the front.

The Corsair F4U was equipped with 6 machine guns and was also deployed as a dive bomber. A total of 12,571 units were built until 1953, when production ended. The fighter played an important role in the Korean War; its final combat mission took place in 1969 during the 'Football War' between Honduras and El Salvador.

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