• Review: Aircraft Factory F4U Corsair

    Vought F-4U Corsair

    Publisher: Aircraft Factory

    Review Author:
    Ray Andersen

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    The F4U Corsair is a single engine, single seated, low winged, piston powered fighter bomber built by Chance Vought in the years between 1942 and 1953. It was primarily used in World War II and the Korean War but has later on also seen action in other wars such as the French colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria.

    Due to a huge request of F4U Corsair aircraft Vought found that they did not have sufficient manufacturing capability and thereby outsourced a part of the production to Goodyear and an additional part to Brewster.

    The Corsair aircraft was originally designed as a carrier based aircraft but the early versions were found unsuitable for naval use due to difficult carrier landing performance. However these difficulties were overcome and the Corsair became one of the most famous and capable carrier based fighter bomber aircraft of that era.

    General Information & Aircraft Specs

    • Manufactured by: Chance Vought
    • First flight: 29th of May 1940
    • Introduction: 28th of December 1942
    • Role: Carrier capable fighter bomber aircraft
    • Nation of origin: United States
    • Status: Retired in 1979 (in Honduras)
    • Production years: 1942 - 1953
    • Numbers built: 12,571
    • Manufactured on license by:
      • Goodyear company - designated FG
      • Brewster company - designated F3A
    • Primary users:
      • United States Navy
      • United States Marine Corps
      • Royal Navy
      • Royal New Zealand Air Force









    33 ft 4 in (10.1 m)

    33 ft 8 in (10.2 m)


    41 ft 0 in (12.5 m)

    41 ft 0 in (12.5 m)


    16 ft 1 in (4.90 m)

    WS: 17 ft 0.5 in (5.20 m)Std: 14 ft 9 in ( 4.50 m)

    Wing área

    314 ft2 (29.17 m2)

    314 ft2 (29.17 m2)

    Empty weight

    8,982 lb (4,073 kg)

    9,205 lb (4,174 kg)

    Loaded weight

    11,432 lb (5,185 kg)

    12,405 lb (5,626 kg)

    Power plant

    P&W R-2800-8 (2,000 hp)

    P&W R-2800-18W (2,325 hp)

    Maximum speed

    417 mph (362 kn / 671 km/t)

    453 mph (395 kn / 731 km/t)


    1,015 mi (882nmi / 1,633 km)

    897 mi (602nmi / 1,115 km)

    Service ceiling

    36,900 ft ( 11,247 m)

    41,500 ft ( 12,649 m)

    Rate of climb

    2,890 ft/min (15.2 m/s)

    3,870 ft/min (19.7 m/s)


    6x 0.50 in (12.7 mm) AN/M2

    6x 0.50 in (12.7 mm) AN/M2 or 4x 0.79 in (20.0 mm) M2


    4x 5 in (12.7 mm) HVAR

    8x 5 in (12.7 mm) HVAR


    2,000 pounds (910 kg)

    4,000 pounds (1,800 kg)

    1. jamminjames's Avatar
      jamminjames -
      This one has been around for a while but you can't beat it for the money.
    1. Coneman's Avatar
      Coneman -
      Worth every penny. Would love to see a -4.
    1. fsxar177's Avatar
      fsxar177 -
      You should have made an addendum to the 2013 Expansion Package of this model, which features gobs of free updates from the FSX Air Sports Association.

    1. billdebaze's Avatar
      billdebaze -
      Still an excellent add-on, tested & approved. Hard to find a better F4U on the market...or freeware.
      A2A demonstrates once again its add-ons are of a quality that lasts ...
    1. CaptJazz's Avatar
      CaptJazz -
      5 years after the initial release, finally a well worth reading review emerged. Good reviews come to simmers who wait.

      Just wanna add that the race expansion from FASA is amazing. Its free and we can use all the repaints to the new package. Engine failure, CHT, ADI and drop tanks are among the features.
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