Technical/Specs | Airframe Structural Components
General Descriptions excerpted from the Corsair Structural Repair Manual
[ Alighting Group ] [ Engine Section ] [ Wing Group ] [ Body Group ] [ Tail Group ] [ Structural Repair Manual Illustrations ]
The F4U-4 Corsair is a single-place, single-engine,
low-wing monoplane, and is an advance development of the F4U1 airplane,
popularly known as the “Corsair”. Designed
as a land or carrier based fighter, the airplane was manufactured by the Chance
Vought Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corporation, Stratford, Connecticut. The distinguishing characteristics
of the F4U-4 airplane are the inverted gull wing, the nose-cowl-air-inlet, and
the four-bladed propeller.
2. Engine Section and Mount
3. Main Landing Gear
4. Wing Group
5. Body Group
6. Tail Group
7. Tail Wheel and Arresting Group
The engine section structure extends from the nose cowl air inlet in the
nose of the airplane, to the firewall and is fabricated of welded steel tubing,
alclad sheet and stainless steel. It
includes the engine mount, nose cowl, removable cowl panels and cowl flaps. (Fig 126)
Group: The alighting gear
unit consists of the main landing gear, located in the center section wing, and
the tail wheel gear, attached to the aft fuselage bulkhead at Station 288.
Both units are retractable. (Fig 124) (Fig 125)
Group: The cantilever wing,
constructed essentially of metal and fabric, consists of two outer panels hinged
to an inverted, gull wing-shaped center section.
The center section of the wing is integral with the fuselage and serves
as the support for the landing gear. Attached
to each side of the center section portion of the wing group are two,
metal-covered flaps. A third
metal-covered flap and the wood aileron attach to the outer panel portion of the
wing group. (Fig 13)
The semi-monocoque construction of the aluminum alloy fuselage structure
is reinforced in cross section by stiffened bulkheads and frames, and
longitudinally by longerons and stiffeners.
The fuselage is assembled in three main sections:
the front section, the mid section and the aft section. (Fig 104)
Tail Group: The tail group embodies full cantilever construction, that is, it uses no
external bracing whatsoever. The
fixed members of the tail group are made entirely of metal.
The movable surfaces are made of aluminum alloy skeletons and covered
with doped fabric. (Fig 79)
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