Do You Know Your Corsairs?

The F4U Corsair was designed by Rex Beisel and the design team at Vought in 1938. It featured the biggest and most powerful engine, largest propeller, and perhaps the largest wing of any fighter at that point in history. It was sometimes known as “The Bent Wing Bird”. The Japanese called it “Whistling Death” but what ever you call it, it is just an elegant design.

corsairThe prototype XF4U-1 made its maiden flight on May 29, 1940 and it was the first U.S. fighter to exceed 400 mph. This was achieved on October 1, 1940 with an official speed of 405 mph. The Corsair had one of the longest production runs of any piston fighter as well. USS Oriskany F4U's
VARIANTS OF THE F4U CORSAIR
The Corsair models all shared the basic frame as the prototype shown in the photograph below but there were constant modifications made to improve handling and flight characteristics. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some photos of the different variants.
XF4U1This is the prototype XF4U-1 Corsair.
F4U-1F4U-1 “birdcage canopy” F3A1 Brewster BuiltF3A1 Brewster Built “birdcage canopy”
F4U-1ATom’s model shows new canopy for the F4U-1A. F4U-1ACowling of F4U-1A.
FG1 Goodyear BuiltThis is a cowling of a Goodyear built FG-1. The Corsair was built by three different companies:
Chance Vought- F4U designation. 8,148 total.
Brewster- F3A designation. 735 total.
Goodyear- FG designation. 3,830 total.
F4U-4The F4U-4. Note the chin scoop and now a 4 bladed propeller.
The Goodyear designator is FG-4. Both were armed with 4- 20mm canons.
F4U-5The 1945 variant F4U-5. The chin scoop is gone and there are 2 cowl “cheeks”.
AU-1This is the AU-1 also know as the F4U-6. F4U-7The F4U-7. Developed for the French Aeronavale.
Tandem Trainer V354This is the only V-354. A tandem trainer that was never put into production.
VOUGHT PRODUCTION:
Built
Variant
Description
2,698
XF4U-1
Initial prototype.
688
F4U-1
“Birdcage” Initial production model.
2,126
F4U-1A
F4U-1 with improved canopy, other changes.
?
F4U-1B
Designation used to identify F4U-1s modified for FAA use.
200
F4U-1C
F4U-1A with quad 20 millimeter cannon.
1,685
F4U-1D
Fighter-bomber variant.
?
F4U-1P
Rare Reconnaissance model.
?
XF4U-2
Night version.
?
F4U-2
32 (12?) night-fighter conversions of F4U-1.
?
F4U-3
Turbocharged Double Wasp, 3 conversions.
?
XF4U-4
New engine and cowling.
2,058
F4U-4
Four bladed prop, other improvements.
297
F4U-4B
F4U-4 with quad cannon. Originally intended for British use.
?
F4U-4C
Armed with 4 20mm cannons.
?
F4U-4E
4N F4U-4 night fighter.
?
F4U-4K
Drone.
9
F4U-4P
Rare reconnaissance version of F4U-4.
?
XF4U-5P
New engine and cowling.
223
F4U-5
1945 introduction. Four cannon, uprated engine, etc.
214
F4U-5N
Radar F4U-5 night fighter.
101
F4U-5NL
Boots on leading edges. Winterized F4U-5 night fighter.
30
F4U-5P
Reconnaissance.
111
AU-1
F4U-6 for Marines. USMC armored close-support “mudfighter”.
97
F4U-7
French Aeronavale Corsair production.
1
V-354
Tandem trainer.
GOODYEAR PRODUCTION:
Built
Variant
Description
?
FG-1
Goodyear land model no folding wings.
?
FG-1A
Goodyear-built F4U-1A.
1,997
FG-1D
Goodyear-built F4U-1D.
12
FG-4
Goodyear-built F4U-4.
?
XF2G
Prototypes (conversions of FG-1) for F2G.
?
FG2-1
Land-based Corsair with Wasp Major.
?
FG2-2
Carrier-based Corsair with Wasp Major, 4 cannon.
?
FG-1E
Goodyear with radar.
?
FG-1K
Goodyear drone.
?
FG-3
Turbosupercharged.
5
F2G-1
P&W 4360 Super Corsair.
5
F2G-2
P&W 4360 Super Corsair.
BREWSTER PRODUCTION:
Built
Variant
Description
305
F3A-1
Brewster-built F4U-1.
430
F3A-1D
Brewster F4U-1D.
TOTAL CORSAIRS PRODUCED: 12,713

I have this book and I love it! F4U Corsair At War Hardcover – by Richard Abrams

Great Fun at Sebring, Florida LSA Event

We had a great time at the Light Sport Aircraft event in Sebring, Florida this past week and talked with a lot of folks. They were all interesting and reminded us of why we love flying so much!
Many thanks goes out to all who stopped by our booth and chatted with us.Aerotoons at Sebring 2010
Just for fun I thought I would add a picture of a Bell 47 that Bob Viscio of New Hampshire shared with us, what a great looking helicopter.
Interestingly enough my first introduction to aviation was in a Bell 47 at our local county fair.Bell 47I took this picture of the Titan P51 early in the morning before the show got under way. They flew later that day and from a distance it looked like the real P51!Titan P51Be sure to check back soon, other photos are being sent in from folks we talked to as well….

Don’t Forget to Update Your Licenses

Pilots cannot exercise the privileges of their PAPER pilot certificates after March 31, 2010.
Certificates issued under 14 CFR Part 61 and 65 will expire March 31, 2013.

FAR 61.19(h) reads:
Duration of pilot certificates. Except for a temporary certificate issued under §61.17 or a student pilot certificate issued under paragraph (b) of this section, the holder of a paper pilot certificate issued under this part may not exercise the privileges of that certificate after March 31, 2010.

Click here to go to the FAA site to update your paper license.

Click here to go to the FAA site to change your certificate number.

LSA (Light Sport Airplane) Event

Sebring FloridaDo you recognize the airport in the photo? Well, if you said Sebring, Florida (KSEF) you would be right!
While there isn’t much happening in this photo starting January 21st to 24th there will be a “beehive” of activity here because the 2010 Light Sport Airplane event will be going on.
Gates open at 8 am. and exhibits open at 9 am. For more information go to the official website and check it out!
We will be there too so stop by the Aerotoons booth and say hello.

Cherokee Series 50th- Golden Anniversary!

pa28-1401 The Cherokee series certified in 1960 has reached its 50th year anniversary. The dependable Cherokee PA 28 series is still in production and it has been said that over 30,000 units were built.
The Cherokee 140 pictured here is of our own 1969 model. A mass migration is planned this year at the 2010 EAA AirVenture airshow so anyone interested should check the EAA site for more details.
We like the Cherokee so well that we even designed a T-shirt “Island Hoppers” featuring it.
If you would like to see my online portfolio click here…