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Monday, December 22, 2014

F4U Low Drag Wing Study Part 4

In researching the proposal for the F4U-5 with a low drag wing, I came across this drawing, CVS-13544 for the landing gear in the low drag wing. Major item of interest is the main landing gear would be completely different installation than shown in the general arrangement drawing I provided here (CVS-13541).

This drawing shows a main landing gear that is attached outboard and retracts inboard, This is quite a change over the rearward retracting, rotating wheel version used on the production F4U Corsairs.

On the outboard panel you can see where  "retractable ailerons" (circular arc spoilers) along with short span conventional ailerons are located.

Information from the Vought Aircraft Historical Foundation.

Previous posts in this series:
Low Drag Wing Study Part 1
Low Drag Wing Study Part 2
Low Drag Wing Study Part 3

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