F4F Wildcat (First Tour)F4F Diagram






F4U Corsair (Second Tour) 4U Diagram

Grumman F4F-4

F4FThe Grumman F4F Wildcat was the best fighter aircraft available to the U.S. Navy at the beginning  of the Pacific Campaign, and U.S. pilots flying the type soon evolved tactics for dealing with the more maneuverable Zero - keeping above the Zero and not attempting to dogfight with it, but diving on it and remaining in the dive to escape. If a dogfight did prove necessary, however, the Wildcat's sturdy construction afforded the pilot good protection and enabled the type to absorb a great deal of combat damage and still be able to reach the carrier.

Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-1830 radial, 1,200hp
Armament: Six .5 inch machine guns and two 100 pound bombs
Maximum speed: 328 mph at 21,000 feet;
Climb: 2,265 feet per minute
Ceiling: 37,500 feet
Range: 845 miles
Weights empty/loaded: 5,342/8,152 pounds
Span: 38 feet; Length: 28 feet 9 inches


F4U The Vought F4U series of fighters, named the Corsair, was one of the "greats" of air fighting in the Second World War. Fast, rugged and packing a great punch with its six machine guns and considerable bomb load, the Corsair was at first rejected by the U.S. Navy as a carrier borne fighter as a result of its high landing speed. After its success with the U.S. Marines and carrier use by the Royal Navy, however, the Corsair was accepted by the U.S. Navy. This aircraft was also called "Whistling Death" by the Japanese due to its unique sound in flight.

Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-2800, 2,000hp
Armament: Six .5 inch machine guns plus two 1,000 pound bombs or eight 5 inch rockets
Maximum speed: 417 mph @ 19,900 feet
Rate of Climb: 2,890 feet per minute
Ceiling: 36,900 feet
Range: 1,015 miles normal
Weights empty/loaded: 8,982/14,000 pounds
Span: 41 feet; Length: 33 feet, 4 inches