F2G "Super" Corsair
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F2G-1 "Super" Corsair, painted as Race 57, flying at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2005 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Role Carrier-based fighter aircraft
Manufacturer Goodyear Aircraft
First flight 15 July 1945
Introduction 1945
Retired 1945
Primary user United States Navy
Produced 1945
Number built 10 + 1 prototype
Developed from Vought F4U Corsair

The Goodyear F2G Corsair, often referred to as the "Super Corsair", is a development by the Goodyear Aircraft Company of the Vought F4U Corsair fighter aircraft. The F2G was intended as a low-altitude interceptor and was equipped with a 28-cylinder, four-row Pratt & Whitney R-4360 air-cooled radial engine.

Such a fighter was first conceived in 1939, when Pratt & Whitney first proposed the immense, 3,000 hp (2,200 kW) R-4360,[1] and design work began in early 1944.

Design and development

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A U.S. Navy F2G-1 in 1945
A U.S. Navy F2G-1 in 1945

Using experience gained building the F4U-1 under license – a variant known as the FG-1 – in early 1944, Goodyear modified a standard Corsair airframe to take advantage of the 50% increase in take-off power provided by the R-4360 engine. Known as the XF2G-1,[N 1] the aircraft also featured a new all-round vision bubble-type canopy.

A land-based variant, with manually-folding wings, was to be known as the F2G-1, while a carrier version with hydraulically-folding wings and arrestor hook was to be called the F2G-2.[2] In March 1944, Goodyear was awarded a contract to deliver 418 F2G-1 and 10 F2G-2 aircraft.

Armament was to include four or six wing-mounted 0.5-inch (12.7 mm) machine guns and eight 5-inch (127 mm) rockets or two 1,000 or 1,600 lb (450 or 725 kg) bombs. The internal fuel capacity of the F2G was increased greatly over that of the F4U, and provisions were also made for two droptanks.

However, post-production testing revealed deficiencies in lateral control and insufficient speed, which were bars to further development of the design. In addition, the Grumman F8F Bearcat – a rival design that had also entered production – had performance comparable to the F2G, even though it was powered with the same engine as the original F4U. By the end of the war in August 1945, when only 10 aircraft (five examples of each variant) had been completed, further production of the F2G was canceled.

Variants

XF2G-1: prototype. One converted from a standard FG-1 Corsair.[3]

F2G-1: land-based variant, 418 ordered, five built, order cancelled.

F2G-2: carrier-based variant, 10 ordered, five built, order cancelled.

Operators

 United States

Surviving aircraft

Goodyear F2G-2 #88463 Race 74 landing in 2012. On 7 September 2012, the aircraft was destroyed in a fatal crash that occurred when pilot Bob Odegaard was rehearsing for an airshow flight routine at the Barnes County Municipal Airport in Valley City, North Dakota.[4][5]
Goodyear F2G-2 #88463 Race 74 landing in 2012. On 7 September 2012, the aircraft was destroyed in a fatal crash that occurred when pilot Bob Odegaard was rehearsing for an airshow flight routine at the Barnes County Municipal Airport in Valley City, North Dakota.[4][5]

Only two "Super Corsairs" still remain, after the others crashed, and only one of them is in flying condition.

Airworthy (F2G-1)
Boeing Museum of Flight's F2G-1 Corsair, BuNo 88454, on display at Paine Field, Everett, Washington for "SkyFair 2014" on July 26, 2014.  Note the manually folded wings of this "land-based" Corsair.
Boeing Museum of Flight's F2G-1 Corsair, BuNo 88454, on display at Paine Field, Everett, Washington for "SkyFair 2014" on July 26, 2014. Note the manually folded wings of this "land-based" Corsair.
On display (F2G-1)

Specifications (F2G-2)

Data from[citation needed]

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

References

Notes

  1. ^ This designation was used twice; the first XF2G-1 was a 1928 Eberhart prototype.

Citations

  1. ^ Pautigny 2003, p. 76.
  2. ^ Dorr 1991, p.68.
  3. ^ "Goodyear F2G Super Corsair Carrier-based Low-Altitude, High-Performance Fighter Prototype - United States". www.militaryfactory.com. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
  4. ^ Goyer, Robert. "Bob Odegaard killed in crash of Super Corsair". Flying, 8 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Famed N.D. pilot Bob Odegaard killed during practice for Valley City air show". Grand Forks Herald. Sep 7, 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  6. ^ "FAA Registry: N5588N" FAA.gov. Retrieved: 15 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Goodyear F2G-1D Super Corsair Race #57." Archived 2012-09-11 at the Wayback Machine Duggy.com. Retrieved: 8 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Race results database" Archived 2008-09-19 at the Wayback Machine. Reno Air Racing Association, 24 September 2008. Retrieved: 12 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Hardware." Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine Thunder over Reno. Retrieved: 31 December 2011.
  10. ^ "F2G-1 Corsair/Bu. 88454." Museum of Flight. Retrieved: 31 December 2011.
  11. ^ "FAA Registry: N4324." FAA.gov Retrieved: 15 July 2021.

Bibliography

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  • Green, William. War Planes of the Second World War - Fighters (Vol. 4). New York: MacDonald and Company, 1961.
  • Lockett, Brian. "Corsairs with Four-bank Radials". Goleta Air and Space Museum. Retrieved: 16 January 2007.
  • Pautigny, Bruno (translated from the French by Alan McKay). Corsair: 30 Years of Filibustering 1940-1970. Paris: Histoire & Collections, 2003. ISBN 2-913903-28-2.
  • "Racing Corsairs." Society of Air Racing Historians. Retrieved: 16 January 2007.