Title: Chance Vought F4U Corsair No’s 1 to 3

The F4U is one of the most distinctive WW2 fighters, it’s unusual gull-wing configuration resulting from the need to make the undercarriage a practical length while retaining clearance for the large diameter propeller required by the R2800 Double-Wasp engine.Design started in 1938 around the principle of evolving the smallest airframe possible while carrying the most powerful engine then available, the R2800. The prototype first flew in 1940 but lengthy development for a wartime project meant the production version did not enter service until 1943.

It subsequently proved itself the most outstanding carrier-based fighter of WW2, and remained in production until 1952, by which time over 12,500 had been produced by three manufacturers.

We offer three titles containing flight manuals for the three main versions of the F4U Corsair along with some maintenance and parts manuals.  The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages unless otherwise stated. Each title is US$9.95.

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Title 1 contains:

  • US Navy Pilot’s Handbook for the F4U-1 F4U-1C F4U-1D F3A-1 F3A-1D FG-1 FG-1D, AN 01-45HA-1 dated 15-3-45, with approx. 64 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s Preliminary Erection and Maintenance Instructions for the F4U-1, F3A-1, FG-1, Vought-Sikorsky report 5562 dated 9-7-42 with approx. 208 pages.
  • RAF Pilot’s Notes for the Corsair I to IV, AP 2351A to D-PN dated Aug 1944 with approx 40 pages.

Title 2 contains:

  • US Navy Pilot’s Handbook for the F4U-4 F4U-4B, AN 01-45HB-1 dated 15-4-47 revised to 1-12-52, with approx. 96 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s Illustrated Assembly Breakdown (a manufacturing aide) for the F4U-4, dated 1-9-44 with approx. 16 pages.
  • US Navy Preliminary Pilot’s Handbook for the F2G-1 and F2G-2, AN 01-195FA-1 dated 1-8-45 with approx. 77 pages.

Title 3 contains:

  • US Navy Pilot’s Handbook for the F4U-5 F4U-5N F4U-5NL F4U-5P, AN 01-45HD-1 dated 15-7-51, revised to 15-2-52, with approx. 117 pages.
  • US Navy Erection and Maintenance Manual for the F4U-5 F4U-5N F4U-5P, AN 01-45HD-2 dated 15-3-48, revised to 1-7-48, with approx. 773 pages. (Scanned from a copy.)
  • US Navy Illustrated Maintenance Parts List for the F4U-5 F4U-5N F4U-5NL F4U-5P, Navaer 01-45HD-504 dated 15-4-51 with approx. 733 pages. (Scanned from a copy.)