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    WWII Fighter Comparison II Corsair v Mustang.

    The P-51D Mustang and F4U-4 Corsair are often top of the list examples of American fighters in WWII. One has an elegance provided by its in-line engine that is undeniable. The other has a shape unlike any other. So which was the best example of the piston engined American fighter to see widespread service in WWII?

    Rough comparison (M/C)

    max speed in mph 437/446
    rate of climb in feet per minute 3200/3870
    range in miles 1650/1005
    armament 6x .50cal with 1880 rounds/6x .50cal with 2400 rounds
    power v12 1720hp/ r18 2450hp
    wing loading in pounds per square inch 39lbs/ 46lbs
    empty weight in pounds 7635/8982
    wing area in square feet 235/314

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    What about the bubble top jug compared with the F4? Just would be interested. Thanks.

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    With a stall speed of just 81 knots the corsair would outfight the mustang in every way.
    http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/hist-ac/f4u-4.pdf

    On the other hand the Mustang had better range which gave it more staying power over Berlin.
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    Between the Mustang and the Corsair, I think the Corsair edges it out.
    The Corsair could operate from a carrier, made an excellent fighter-bomber, and stayed in production after WW2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tzimisces View Post
    Between the Mustang and the Corsair, I think the Corsair edges it out.
    The Corsair could operate from a carrier, made an excellent fighter-bomber, and stayed in production after WW2.
    But the Mustang was the only piston engiend figther the US retired and then brought back into service. It was also prodiced for the US military as late as 1968.

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    what missions that F4 can do and P51 cant?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big K View Post
    what missions that F4 can do and P51 cant?
    carrier ops.....


    F4 is also much better at ground attack with its radial engine and bigger bomb load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zraver View Post
    carrier ops.....


    F4 is also much better at ground attack with its radial engine and bigger bomb load.
    i think it is also more sturdy and can hold one piece to higher g levels and more maneuvrable?
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