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F2G "Super" Corsair
F2G-1 "Super" Corsair #88458, painted as Race #57, owned by Bob Odergaard of Kindred, North Dakota, flying at the 2005 AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Role Carrier-based fighter aircraft
Manufacturer Goodyear
Designed by Rex Beisel
First flight 15 July 1945
Introduced 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 airplanes, 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

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. Thus, further production of the fighters was canceled.


Only three of the "Super Corsairs" are still in existence:

  • F2G-1 BuNo 88454, the first production aircraft, 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. [1]
  • The fifth F2G-1, BuNo 88458, was purchased by Cook Cleland, who went on to finish third in the 1949 Thompson Trophy Race and first in the 1949 Tinnerman Trophy Race. Over time, the plane, 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 currently on loan to the Fargo Air Museum.[2] Odegaard raced the plane in the Unlimited class at the Reno Air Races from 2006 to 2008[2] and it was featured in the movie Thunder Over Reno.[3]
  • Odegaard is currently restoring F2G-2 BuNo 88463, also of air racing fame, for a static display.


 United States

Specifications (F2G-2)

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:Pratt & Whitney R-4360-4 "Wasp Major" 28-cylinder radial engine, 3,000 hp (2,200 kW)



See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

Related lists




  1. ^ Pautigny 2003, p.76.
  2. ^ "race results database" (in English). Reno Air Racing Association. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2008-09-24.  
  3. ^ "*Thunder over Reno -HARDWARE-" (in English). Retrieved 2008-09-24.  


  • 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." [3] 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. [4] Retrieved: 16 January 2007.

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