Military F2G Super Corsair                

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Goodyear F2G-1 Super Corsair

Scale 1:32
Author: William Aldridge
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F2G-1 Super Corsair
Four versions of the model are included
1. Airplane with bomb racks and rocket launchers
2. Airplane in Naval Air Test Center markings
3. Overall white
4. As seen in Seattle Museum of Flight
File size - 59.8 Mb

Model # 068
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Technical data:
  Length 10.31m    
  Span 12.49m    
  Engine Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major, 3,500hp
  Max Speed 724 km/h    
  Crew 1    
    Contrary to popular belief, the Super Corsair was not designed in response to the Kamikaze threat, although when the Kamikaze’s started screaming down, the program was speeded up for a time. Pratt and Whitney had been working on their next generation radial engine, the monster R-4360 Wasp Major and it was suggested that it could be installed in the Corsair. The R-4360 had 28 cylinders and seven Magnetos and weighted in at about 3000lbs. In order to get the necessary air flow around the cylinders a spiral shape was adopted hence the nickname “Corncob”.
     After the engine was successfully installed and tested in an F4U-1, Goodyear was tapped to design a production version because Vought was busy building regular Corsairs. In order to fit the much longer engine into the plane, the firewall had to be moved aft 11”. The wing and tail structures also had to be beefed up to handle the increased loads imposed by the heavier engine. In addition to that, the carburetor intake was moved from the wing roots to the top of the cowling and larger oil coolers were installed. It was found that during a go-around the Corsair's already large rudder was incapable of countering the massive amounts of torque produced by the new engine, so the vertical tail surface was heightened by 12” to accommodate an auxiliary rudder that only deflected when the flaps were lowered. The other major change that makes the Super Corsair instantly recognizable was the cutting down of the turtle deck behind the cockpit so a full bubble canopy could be added.
     The Super Corsair was designed in 2 versions the F2G-1 and the F2G-2. The F2G-1 was the carrier version with a slightly smaller diameter prop for better deck clearance, a tail hook, and the hydraulics necessary to fold the wings. Both versions had folding wings but the land based version’s had to be folded by hand. By the time Goodyear had produced five production versions of each variant the Navy decided that Grumman’s excellent Bearcat was all the interceptor it needed and cut the contract.
      In 1946 the Cleveland air races resumed and were dominated by surplus Mustangs from the US Army Air Force. Inter service competition being what it was, the Navy wanted to get into the winners circle. Cook Cleland, an ex-navy dive bomber pilot who had raced a regular Corsair in 1946 without too much success, took his case to Admiral Halsey who asked what it would take to win. Cleland’s answer was “An F2G Corsair”. A couple of days later the five F2G-1’s were declared surplus and sold for $1250 each. Cook Cleland snapped up four of them and a gentleman by the name of Ron Puckett got the fifth.
     After feverishly working to get the planes ready for the 1947 Cleveland races, Cleland took the first place in his personal plane #74 with teammates Dick Becker and Ron Puckett rounding out the top three for a clean sweep for the Super Corsairs. The race however was marred by the fatal crash of Cleland's other teammate, Tony Jannazo flying race #84. It is believed that he was overcome by carbon monoxide.
     With the crash of  #84 Cleland transferred it’s civilian registry number (N5588N) to his fourth corsair, painted it in it’s distinctive red and white starburst scheme and gave it the number 57. Ben McKillan gained some success with it winning the 1949 Tinnerman trophy and placing 3rd in the Cleveland air races that same year.

Model built and photographed by Michael Dixon. Wing folding mechanism has been scratch-built by Mike. Base is not included.

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