This week we’ve added another of the iconic aircraft of the WWII period to our arsenal – the Vought F4U-1 Corsair!
The Corsair was produced from May 1940 – 1952, and was the first purpose-designed shipboard fighter aircraft. Powered by a Double Wasp engine, on October 1st 1940, it became the first aircraft to exceed 400mph.
It was one of the favoured fighter support aircraft for US Marine forces in the Pacific – as the troops moved from island to Japanese-held island, Corsairs would run vital missions from airfields on nearby liberated islands.
After initially encountering landing problems, its design was updated – and it quickly became one of the most capable carrier-based fighter-bombers of the war – and would remain in service through the Korean War, and into the French Colonial Wars with Indochina and Algeria.
Wingspan – 12.49m
Length – 10.16m
Height – 4.9m
Max Speed – 676 km/h
Number Produced – 12,571
– 4 × 0.50 in AN/M2 Browning Machine Guns
– 2 × 0.50 in AN/M2 Browning machine Guns
The Corsair could be loaded out with either;
– Rockets – 4 × 5 in High Velocity Aircraft Rockets
– Bombs – 2,000 pounds (910 kg)
We’ve also had a healthy re-stock of our existing range of planes, so if your observer teams need a little extra air power, now is the time!
…and don’t forget to check out the optional rules pack for using Warplanes in Bolt Action to add another dimension to your your games!