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How to fly the Corsair

PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:08 am
by morrigan
I've been meaning to post this Video I found on youtube here for a while.

Very informative wartime instructional movie for prospective Corsair Jockeys's.
Set aside 30 minutes, a comfy chair and beverage of choice. ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4aPk4fledU&list=FLGPyhHsq4YScxrdWGC3g8gg&index=3

Watch for the fuel consumption figures, then do the maths on pennies per hour. :shock:

Re: How to fly the Corsair

PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:18 am
by Mark
It sounds like a very daunting aircraft to fly !

Re: How to fly the Corsair

PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:13 am
by casper
Great video Morrigan, really enjoyed watching that this morning :)
The pilots have my utmost admiration and respect, the corsair looks a lot to handle.
The carrier take off look scary, keeping the tail down and trying not to end up face down in the dirt. Amazing skills needed by the pilots and so much to remember.
what was the corsair like in a dog fight Morrigan :)

Re: How to fly the Corsair

PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:15 pm
by morrigan
Mark wrote:It sounds like a very daunting aircraft to fly !


Indeed, admiration and respect to the pilots who had to remember to do all of that while in combat, wrestling with a damaged plane or cruddy weather.
And a complex plane for the groundcrew to look after, so kudos to the 'erks' who kept 'em flying,

Re: How to fly the Corsair

PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:43 pm
by morrigan
casper wrote:Great video Morrigan, really enjoyed watching that this morning :)
The pilots have my utmost admiration and respect, the corsair looks a lot to handle.
The carrier take off look scary, keeping the tail down and trying not to end up face down in the dirt. Amazing skills needed by the pilots and so much to remember.
what was the corsair like in a dog fight Morrigan :)



And given a carrier deck is usually pitching about and the lack of visibility over the long nose,getting the Corsair down on the deck must of needed equal amounts of skill and brute strength, the early F4U-1 did not qualify for carrier ops due the numbers of oopsies caused by being unable to see over the nose so they were used by the land based Marines, The revised F4U-1a raised the position of the pilots seat and lengthened the tailwheel strut to improve visibility for carrier landings.

In combat the Corsairs main strength was its speed and acceleration gifted by the huge prop and the 2000hp Pratt and Whitney. While not as nimble as the Zero especially at slower speeds, it could take more punishment than the lightly built Zero.
The Corsair was also a formidable and versatile ground attack aircraft, this is led to the Japanese dubbing the Corsair "Whistling Death"!