XF4U-1 Corsair prototype aircraft at Langley Research Center at Hampton, Virginia, United States, Feb 1940-1941

Caption   XF4U-1 Corsair prototype aircraft at Langley Research Center at Hampton, Virginia, United States, Feb 1940-1941 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Identification Code   EL-1997-00261
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 22 Jan 2013

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
12 Dec 2015 11:39:51 AM


Only one XF4U-1 prototype was built first flight was on May 29, 1940. The Corsair became the fist US fighter to exceed 400 mph. The design was modified moving the cockpit thirty-two inches further aft, to make way for a 237 gallon fuel tank located between the cockpit and engine
The new Corsair also carried two 63 gallon fuel tanks in the outer wing panels.


Armor was added around the cockpit and vital arrears and was also equipped with self-sealing fuel tanks. The prototype carried 2 x .30 caliber machine guns mounted in the cowl and two .50 caliber machine guns in the wings.
Later the two cowl mounted guns were deleted and replaced with 6 x .50 caliber machine guns located in the wings. A total of 12,571 Corsairs were built between 1940 to 1953
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
12 Dec 2015 12:40:05 PM


Prototype of the XF4U-1 was painted silver on the fuselage, vertical tail and on the horizontal stabilizers. Wings were painted chrome yellow with pre-war markings in four positions on upper and bottom of wings blue disc, centered by a white star with red center dot.
Added markings US Navy on fuselage and 1443 with XF4U-1 on vertical tail in black back of propeller blades were painted black.

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