This version had a clear canopy that improved the pilot’s fields of vision. It had a domed top that allowed the seat to be raised by some 7 in (0.18 m) for a useful improvement in the pilot’s forward fields of vision. It differs from the -1D canopy because it has support frames on the sides.
A pneumatic rather than solid tire on a heightened tailwheel unit was introduced, that effectively lowered the nose.
A small spoiler was added on the leading edge of the starboard wing.
The 862nd F4U-1A introduced another upgraded feature in the form of the Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W radial with a water-injection capability that boosted maximum power to 2,250 hp (1.678 kW).
Number built: 2,066
I`m a plastic modeler from Argentina, and a big fan of this beautiful bird that flew in our Naval aviation back in late 50s and 60s.
I have a question for you related with F4U-1A. Can anybody tell me when was discontinued the use of salmon primer (indian red + zinc Chromate) in Vought Factory? We are about to start a project of modeling some VMF-214`s Corsair with a couple of friends, and we can`t find an specific reference about it.
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