corsair.

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by 4th wilts, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

    The corsair was a beautiful aircraft alright. What was the Japanese Nickname for it?

    A good aircraft yes but Beautiful???


    gull style wings yes but the rest was an ugly looking barn door styling:D
     
  2. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    emerson,that photo of corsairs on deeck.do you know which carrier it was,and is that a county class cruiser in the shot,yours,lee.
     
  3. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    A good aircraft yes but Beautiful???


    gull style wings yes but the rest was an ugly looking barn door styling:D
    Au contraire, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I'd say to the US Navy at the Marianas it was the most beautiful plane on the planet!!!!! :lol:
    I stand by my original assertion!
     
  4. kfz

    kfz Very Senior Member

    Au contraire, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I'd say to the US Navy at the Marianas it was the most beautiful plane on the planet!!!!! :lol:
    I stand by my original assertion!


    What is surprising is how large it is. Doesnt come accross in pics but if you compare it to a P51 or a Spit they are a big aeroplane.

    Kev
     
  5. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    i seen a p47 at a airshow a number of years ago,he was big too.i think like the corsair,the bloody great engine determined the size of both.lee.
     
  6. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

    Talking of size I had a job picking up in Lincolnshire and to miss the rush hour around the M25 I left from the south early afternoon as it was a lovely sunny day last summer and as I coulnt collect till about 7pm I stoped of at Duxford and wandered in as you do....

    it was a very quite day apart from the usual school parties etc and got to talk to the pilot and mechanics from the Bearcat and Tigercat there not usualy the type of planes I take much notice of but the immense size and noise of them when they were running them up was awe inspiring......

    I'm converted lovely aircraft...;)
     
  7. kfz

    kfz Very Senior Member

    i seen a p47 at a airshow a number of years ago,he was big too.i think like the corsair,the bloody great engine determined the size of both.lee.


    Absolutly, the big radial means a big fuselage, loads of weight means big wings and tailplane and all that torque gotta mean a big tail, but I betcha its just cos those Yanks like em big!!

    Great shot, See the complicated flaps cos of the gull wing and the terrible view over the nose, not great for carrier landings.

    Never seen one fly, id love too
    Kev
     
  8. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    i never thought the corsair was the 1st 400mph a/c in level flight,american yes,but what about everyone else.is google correct.lee.
     
  9. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    the first planes to reach 400mph in level flight,took part in the shneider trophy,i think.;)
     
  10. emerson,that photo of corsairs on deeck.do you know which carrier it was,and is that a county class cruiser in the shot,yours,lee.

    Uncertain for sure. The photo came from a page dedicated to the HMS Vengeance but the photo is not otherwise credited. Here is the link:

    corsair

    P.S. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I was on holiday...
     
  11. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    cheers emmerson.i like the side view,bloody huge engine and a bloody great v/s.yours,4th wilts.
     
  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Some shots of F4U fighter plane flying through the air. 1944.
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  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Corsair fighter losing its load of rocket projectiles against Japanese stronghold on Okinawa, where (below) smoke of battle is rising as Marine units move in to follow up w. Sunday punch Ryukyu Islands. Ryukyu, Japan. June 1945
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  14. tropper66

    tropper66 Member

    Back in 1970 I took part in the recovery of an engine of a Corsair from the mud at the end of the runway at RAF Ballykelly/ HMS Sea eagle in the second World War. I think there are still a number of wrecks there
     
  15. adamcotton

    adamcotton Senior Member

    Two interesting tidbits about the Corsair.

    1. It had the longest production history of any piston-engine fighter. (1940-1953)
    2. It was the first airplane to achieve 400 mph in level flight.

    Actually, I think you'll find that the British Hawker Typhoon was the first aircraft to achieve 400 mph in level flight...
     
  16. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Talking of size I had a job picking up in Lincolnshire and to miss the rush hour around the M25 I left from the south early afternoon as it was a lovely sunny day last summer and as I coulnt collect till about 7pm I stoped of at Duxford and wandered in as you do....

    it was a very quite day apart from the usual school parties etc and got to talk to the pilot and mechanics from the Bearcat and Tigercat there not usualy the type of planes I take much notice of but the immense size and noise of them when they were running them up was awe inspiring......

    I'm converted lovely aircraft...;)

    At one of the Warbirds shows at Duxford that I attended several years ago I saw several Grumans including the Hellcat, Bearcat and Tigercat all flying together.

    It was very impressive and the noise from the engines was intense, although I still prefer the Rolls Royce Merlins:D

    Regards
    Tom
     
  17. kfz

    kfz Very Senior Member

    At one of the Warbirds shows at Duxford that I attended several years ago I saw several Grumans including the Hellcat, Bearcat and Tigercat all flying together.

    It was very impressive and the noise from the engines was intense, although I still prefer the Rolls Royce Merlins:D

    Regards
    Tom

    The big yank radials have sound all there own, sound a bit lazy, a bit lower tuned than the rorty Griffon and Merlins. No doubt down to the more laxed exhuast valve timing of the radials and harmonic effects with such seqentially firing spaced cylinders . The fighter mult row radials sound lurvly. What a B29 sounds like I can only imagine.

    Is there a Fury or Tempest doing the rounds?

    Kev
     
  18. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

  19. Warren F

    Warren F Junior Member

    I haven't heard a B-29 but I can say the noise from 4 R3350's is awesome. Spent many a day watching the Martin Mars water bombers flying (same engines). When they lift off from the water after pick-up the water actually shimmers from the noise. Wonderful machines, I feel privledged (sp) to have seen and heard them.
     
  20. sicily43

    sicily43 Senior Member

    this is was found in a net of a fishing boat last year, in Portopalo Sicily.
    problably falled about a crash, after war, and not in war periode.
    This kind US Navy flag, you still can see, was used after war.
    I hope you are happy to see this pictures
     

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