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F4U-1A Corsair "White 29" Lt(JG). Ira C. Kepford, VF-17 "Jolly Rogers", 1944
General Background
The Vought F4U Corsair was literally built around the Pratt & Whitney 2,000 HP radial engine. The engine was so massive and produced so much energy that a Hamilton Standard 13 feet 4 inch propeller, the largest of WWII, was required. The F4U was the first American fighter aircraft to exceed 400 MPH. The Corsair was referred to by the Japanese as "Whispering Death" and became a legend in its own time. This aircraft was one of the most distinctive designs with it bent wings making it an icon.
The Aircraft
On November 5, 1942 Kepford earned his wings and commission as Ensign, USNR. In January 1943 he was assigned to the VF-17 Fighting Squadron 17 the famous "Jolly Rogers," until March 1944 when he transferred to the VF-84. In May, 1945 he was promoted to Lieutenant and left active duty on November 7, 1945 to return to the USNR. When he retired in June 1956 he was a Lieutenant Commander. Flying his F4U-1 Corsair Kepford became an Ace with 16 confirmed victories and 1 unconfirmed.
Specifications :
Total Aircraft Manufactured: 12,571 of 24 variants
Manufactured By: Vought and under license by Goodyear and Brewster
Crew: 1 pilot
Powerplant: 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W radial engine producing 2,250 HP (1,678 kW)
Maximum Speed: 425 mph (369 kn / 684 kph)
Service Ceiling: 36,900 ft (11,200 m)
Rate of Climb: 3,180 ft/min (16.2 m/s)
Range: 1,015 mi (882 nm / 1,633 km)
Length: 33 ft 4 in (10.1 m)
Wingspan: 341 ft 0 in (12.5 m)
Height: 16 ft 1 in (4.9 m)
Empty: 8,982 lb (4,073 kg)
Loaded: 14,000 lb (6,300 kg)
Guns: 6 x 0.50 in (12.7 mm) AN/M2 Browning Machine guns with 400 rounds per gun for 4 and 375 rounds per gun for two
Rockets: 4 x 5 in. (12.7 cm) High Velocity Aircraft Rockets
Bombs: 2,000 lbs. (910 kg)