F4U Corsair

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Vought F4U-1 Corsair

The Vought F4U was a fighter aircraft primarily during WWII and the Korean War. Goodyear and Brewster were later called upon to meet the overwhelming demand for the Corsairs. It was considered to be the most capable carrier-based fighter/bomber of WWII.



This is a "Birdcage" Corsair, so called for the canopy framing around the cockpit. Several F4Us were flown by the NACA , but this F4U-1 only flew at Langley for two months in 1943 before going to the U. S. Navy at Norfolk Naval Air Station.


XF4U Corsair general view on runway at Langley. This aircraft arrived at NACA in June 1941 and departed in March 1943.
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Even though the prototype Corsair had previously been tested, this production F4U-1 also underwent trials in Langley's 30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel. In this manner, engineers could learn what recommendations bore drag reduction "fruit."


In February and March of 1945 this Corsair was examined in the NACA's 30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel at Langley Field. The F4U-1D has rockets mounted on its wings for this test. After installation and during testing, the wings would be lowered to their flight position.


The Vought F4U-4B was usually seen in a combat role, but as the NACA tail band suggests, this Corsair was used for research. The test work undertaken by this F4U included control rate investigation. Langley was the second research facility to use this Corsair. It came to Langley in 1950, from the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Maryland.


F4U Aircraft in the Virginia Air and Space Center: Workman lift Corsair Sunsetter into place. Jack Reeder, Lee Person, Steve Cornell II SSEN (U.S. Navy Retd.)

Tests in the Full-Scale Tunnel:

Test 142 in the Full Scale Tunnel 1942-43

Test 158 in the Full Scale Tunnel 1945

Test 161 in the Full Scale Tunnel 1945

Model Tests in the 12-Foot Low-Speed Tunnel:

Model Tests 1940-41

YouTube Video:

History of Vought F4U Corsair, Part 1, Part 2, 3, 4, and Part 5

2005 Swiss Airshow

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