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VOUGHT-SIKORSKY V-166 Corsair (N83782)


F-4U Corsair. Pure awesomeness!


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Dave Sheehy
I agree total awesomeness, 5*
Matt WinhallPhoto Uploader
Thank you Dave:)
a mentor
minutia : F4U-1a at KCNO
Planes of Fame's Chance Vought F4U-1A Corsair

There is NO V-166 type
Dave Sheehy
The V-166 tag is automatically applied by FA when typing CORS into the aircraft type field. This point has been discussed at great length in this forum. The V-166 was the prototype of the Corsair.

In April 1938, Vought proposed its two designs to the US Navy. One, called V-166A by Vought and "Vought A" by the USN, was powered by the R-1830. The other, the V-166B or "Vought B", was designed around the new Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine. This was an 18-cylinder, two-row air-cooled radial. This engine would later also be installed in the competing Grumman F6F Hellcat and in the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt for the USAAF, but the new Vought fighter was the first to use this engine. The R-2800 later acquired a reputation as a powerful and very reliable engine. But it was also very bulky, and aircraft powered by it tended to be big.

"In May 1938, the Bureau of Aeronautics evaluated the proposals. The "Vought B" was deemed to be the best one, with a merit figure of 86.4 on a scale from 0 to 100. Hence on 11 June, a contract was given for development of the Vought V-166B, the fighter that would become famous as the F4U Corsair."
a mentor
@Dave; "applied by FA when typing CORS" -- YEP, that's the issue. The P51's prototype was NA-73X, but few know that AND FA doesn't make that mistake on the 51. Clearly the 'CORS' should be changed to F4U

FA doesn't admit to errors and doesn't care about accuracy
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