Corsair82: 82% F4U-1A Corsair

Like lots of us, I've always wanted a Corsair. Hearing about the WAR Aircraft Replica F4U Corsair I went to see one and found it to be way too small. As to the designs using tube & rag construction I feel only metal or composites can do the Corsair justice. And a I wanted a replica, not just a look-alike. So after waiting twenty years for someone to sell a serious Corsair, I decided the only way it would happen is if I did it myself.

I then spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours digging through archives and reading thousands of pages on microfilm and found the original specs and drawings for the Chance-Vought F4U-1A Corsair. The Corsair82 uses the exact dimensions of the Corsair for all bulkheads scaled to 82%. Every attempt is being made to be true to the original design.

Of course you can't scale exactly and still have an aircraft that flies well. For one thing, a scale wing would be so oversized the wing loading would be less than a sailplane. The resulting aircraft would fly like a parachute. Not to mention that the original wing didn't have the friendliest characteristics. So a modern laminar flow airfoil in the proportions of the original wing is used. The result is a wing that looks like the original with great performance and flying characteristics.

The Corsair82 has been through several revisions, including a 75% scale version. The final design scale is set at 82%. At that size the Corsair82 will be about the size of a 100% P-51, making it one of the largest homebuilt aircraft. The length is 28 feet with a 33 foot wing span and design gross weight of 3500 lbs. To get an idea of just how big this aircraft is take a look at this picture of me standing in front of the Corsair82 fuselage.

More Information, Photos & Videos

Corsair The Engine
Information, Animation & Sounds
Corsair The Cowl
Creating The Cowl Plug & Mold
Corsair The Fuselage Plug
Creating The Plug For The Fuselage Molds
Corsair The Fuselage Mold
The Process Of Making The Fuselage Mold
Corsair More of the Fuselage
More of the Fuselage
Corsair The Fuselage Parts
The First Fuselage Parts
Corsair The Canopy Plug
Creating Plug For The Canopy
Corsair The Canopy 2
Work continues on the Canopy
Corsair The Canopy 3
Work continues on the Canopy 2
Corsair The Wing
Building The Wing Plug & Mold
Corsair The Systems
Building The Landing Gear, etc.

Corsair Number Of Seats
How Many Seats? Good Question
Corsair Some Perspective
Standing In Front Of The Corsair82 Plug
Corsair Reference
Books And Information Sources
Corsair Corsair82 FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions About The Corsair82

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