She was affectionately or sometimes not so affectionately known by her pilots as the Bent-Wing Bird, the Ensign Eliminator, Hose Nose, Hog Nose, Sweetheart or Hog. Their choice of handle for this bird usually depended on their latest adventure within the 4 1/2 to 7 ton envelope of this solid but occasionally quirky airframe.
The F4U was born and bred to be a killer and she excelled at this endeavor, laying claim to an astonishing eleven to one kill ratio by the end of WWII. That doesn’t include the unfortunate Ensigns who had so many problems trying to land the long-nosed bird on a carrier that the Navy finally gave up. They assigned the F4U to the Marines who quickly learned to love her for her superior fighting ways.
In her final form, which was the F4U-4, she was certainly in the running for the “Best Fighter of WWII”. The F4U-4 could out climb the P-51 Mustang by almost 800 feet per minute and had exceptional speed at low and mid altitudes.
The F4U Corsair launches the Aircraft Factory, which is a new line of products from A2A Simulations for those who want a solid quality aircraft but price is very important. With the Aircraft Factory, we stay true to stock Microsoft FSX SDK standards, which streamlines the development process and delivers an aircraft that you can just throw the throttle forward and fly away.
The F4U Corsair is truly a unique aircraft with it’s bent wings, long nose, and powerful engine. We have had a lot of fun flying her and believe you will as well.