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F4U Corsair vs. P-51 Mustang

Discussion in 'Aircraft' started by Nathan S., Jun 4, 2003.

  1. the_diego

    the_diego Member

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    I'll take your word for it. It's just that I saw somewhere that the F4U reached optimal engine performance at 20,000 feet, unlike the P47 or P51 who do it higher. But then, even a zero was able to shoot down a B-29 at high alt so it probably isn't that much of an issue. More of loitering time at high altitude and have enough performance to both shoot down heavy bomber and engage bomber escorts.

    So, my last question: Who will win above 30,000 feet?
     
  2. Takao

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    Well, between the F4U-1/-1A & P-51B, it would be the -51B.

    Between the F4U-4/-5 & P-51D/51H, it would probably be the F4U, but mostly it would be dependent on the pilot's skill.
     
  3. George Patton

    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    That distinction is held by the Antonov An-2 (produced from 1946-present, if you count license production in China), or the Beechcraft Bonanza (1947 - present).
     
  4. Takao

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    I believe he meant to post that it had the longest production run of all piston engined US fighters. But, the Mustang was a close 2nd.

    Although, to be fair, the USAAF/USAF had moved on to jets, meanwhile the USN's early jets proved problematical on carriers.

    Also, in all fairness, the last F4Us(AU-1/F4U-6 and F4U-7 were dedicated "mud movers".
     
  5. George Patton

    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    That's likely what he meant but that isn't what typed (hence me mentioning it :D).

    Out of curiosity, how much longer did the Corsair remain in production compared to the Mustang? It is hardly an authoritative source but the wikipedia page "List of most-produced aircraft" indicates that both had 11 year production runs.
     
  6. Takao

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    Technically, it is correct. The F4U remained in production only a few months after the P-51.

    Some sources say the last F4U was completed in December, 1952, while some others say it ended in 1953 with no month given.

    However, the Mustang's long production run is thanks to the Australians, they continued to produce the Mustang(CAC CA-18 Mark 23) into 1952. US production essentially ended in 1945, with North American moving on to produce the Twin Mustang in 1946, and the F-86 sabre in 1947.
     
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  7. jalistair

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    According to the internet both planes have a ceiling over 30,000ft. From what I have heard the P-51 would outperform the Corsair in high altitude. At lower altitude the Corsair would have a tighter turn radius. The reality is that neither would intercept a B-17 or B-29 so that argument would be invalid.
     
  8. jalistair

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    Well clearly given the choice between the P-51 or the F4U the F-86 would be the best choice ;)
     

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