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F2G "Super" Corsair
F2G-1 "Super" Corsair #88458, painted as Race 57, owned by Bob Odegaard of Kindred, North Dakota, flying at the 2005 AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Role Carrier-based fighter aircraft
Manufacturer Goodyear Aircraft
Designer Rex Beisel
First flight 15 July 1945
Introduction 1945
Retired 1945
Primary users United States Navy
Numerous air racers
Number built 10
Developed from F4U Corsair

The Goodyear F2G "Super" Corsair was a development by the Goodyear Aircraft Company of the FG-1/F4U-1 Corsair design as a special low-altitude version of a fighter equipped with a Pratt & Whitney R-4360 twenty-eight-cylinder, four-row radial air-cooled engine. Although often cited that the origin of the aircraft was as an interceptor of low-flying Japanese suicide aircraft, its actual beginnings came about in 1939 when the Pratt and Whitney company first proposed its enormous new engine. Thus the F2G lineage was tied to its engine design rather than tactical requirements.[1]

Design and development[edit | edit source]

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

Using experience from building the fixed-wing FG-1, a version of the folding wing F4U-1 Corsair, in early 1944, Goodyear extensively modified a standard FG-1 airframe, designated the XF2G-1, to take advantage of the 50% increase in take-off power provided by the R-4360 engine. In addition, an all-round vision bubble-type canopy was installed. In March 1944, Goodyear was awarded a contract to deliver 418 F2G-1 and 10 F2G-2 aircraft. The F2G-2 version included modifications for carrier operations. Armament provisions included alternative wing-mounted installations for four or six 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 was increased greatly over that of the FG-1, and provisions were provided to carry two droppable external tanks.

By the end of the war in August 1945, only five each of the F2G-1 and F2G-2 aircraft were completed. Testing revealed deficiencies in lateral control and insufficient speed, which were bars to further development of the aircraft. In addition, the Grumman F8F Bearcat, which could do all the F2G could do while still powered with the original Corsair's Double Wasp powerplant, was already in production making the F2G redundant. Thus, further production of the F2G was canceled.

Survivors[edit | edit source]

Goodyear F2G-2 Race 74 landing in 2012. On 7 September 2012, the aircraft, along with pilot Bob Odegaard, was destroyed in a fatal crash that occurred during the rehearsal of an airshow flight routine at the Barnes County Municipal Airport in Valley City, North Dakota.[2]

Only two "Super Corsairs" still exist, and only one is in flying condition.

Airworthy (F2G-1)
  • 88458 (better known as "Race 57"): Race 57 LLC in Chandler, Arizona.[3] It was the fifth production aircraft and was purchased by Cook Cleland, who went on to finish first in the 1947 Thompson Trophy Race and first in the 1949 Tinnerman Trophy Race. Over time, the aircraft, registered as NX5588N, went from owner to owner and slowly deteriorated. Finally, in 1996, NX5588N was purchased by Bob Odegaard of North Dakota, and was returned to airworthy condition in 1999. The aircraft is on loan to the Fargo Air Museum.[4] Odegaard raced the aircraft in the Unlimited class at the Reno Air Races from 2006 to 2008 [5] and it was featured in the movie Thunder Over Reno.[6]
On display (F2G-1)
  • 88454: Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.[7] It was the first production aircraft and was acquired from the Marine Corps by the Champlin Fighter Museum, and later came to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, with the rest of the Champlin collection.

Operators[edit | edit source]

United States

Specifications (F2G-2)[edit | edit source]

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 33 ft 9 in (10.3 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft (12.5 m)
  • Height: 16 ft 1 in (4.9 m)
  • Wing area: 314 ft² (29 m²)
  • Empty weight: 10,249 lb (4,649 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 13,346 lb (6,054 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 15,422 lb (6,995 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-4360-4 "Wasp Major" 28-cylinder radial engine, 3,000 hp (2,200 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 431 mph (374 knots, 694 km/h) at 16,400 ft (5,000 m)
  • Range: 1,955 mi (1,699 nm, 3,146 km)with external tanks
  • Service ceiling: 38,800 ft (11,800 m)
  • Rate of climb: 4,400 ft/min (22.35 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 42.5 lb/ft² (208.75 kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: 0.22 hp/lb (370 W/kg)

Armament

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Pautigny 2003, p. 76.
  2. Goyer, Robert. "Bob Odegaard killed in crash of Super Corsair". Flying, 8 September 2012.
  3. "F2G-1 Corsair/Bu. 88458." FAA Registry. Retrieved: 31 December 2011.
  4. "Goodyear F2G-1D Super Corsair Race #57." Duggy.com. Retrieved: 8 September 2012.
  5. "Race results database". Reno Air Racing Association, 24 September 2008. Retrieved: 12 June 2010.
  6. "Hardware." Thunder over Reno. Retrieved: 31 December 2011.
  7. "F2G-1 Corsair/Bu. 88454." Museum of Flight. Retrieved: 31 December 2011.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

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