The F4U Corsair was an American carrier-capable fighter plane designed by Vought in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It saw much use during World War II, where it was primarily used as a carrier-based fighter in the Pacific, and in the Korean War.
In Battlefield 1942, the Corsair is the United States Marine Corps' main fighter aircraft. It has space for one player, who pilots the aircraft. It has two weapons available, its machine guns with 900 rounds of ammunition, and single bombs, with 15 units available. It spawns along with the SBD on the Enterprise, and on many air bases. It is replaced by the P-51 Mustang on European maps.As with other fighter aircraft, the Corsair's role is mostly to support ground troops and to hunt enemy fighters and bombers. Its machine guns are very effective against lighter targets, such as aircraft and cars, and its single bomb can aid greatly in destroying enemy armor. A bomb is also efficient against emplacements, as a single well-placed bomb can destroy any anti-aircraft gun, defgun or heavy machine gun position. However, it is relatively weak against large ships, and players should rather opt for the SBD if they wish to sink an enemy ship. The Corsair is especially fast and maneuverable, which makes it the optimal choice for dogfighting.
The Corsair's prime weakness is its weak armor. Anti-aircraft guns rip through it in just a few shots. The Corsair requires a certain degree of skill to use effectively. Inexperienced pilots that use predictable maneuvers can be easily shot down, and sometimes do sudden turns that can send them crashing into a structure or the ground.
The Corsair appears on every single Pacific theater map.
In Battlefield 1943, the Vought F4U Corsair spawns regularly at USMC aircraft carriers and bases and the "Airfield" flags of Wake Island and Iwo Jima and the "Village" flag of Guadalcanal if the USMC captures them beforehand.
In the hands of a skilled player, it can be effective against almost everything. Its armament consists of 4, 50-cal rapid-firing heavy machine guns and bombs effective for dive bombing enemy targets. Its low maneuverability and high speed can make it difficult to use and make chances to attack very short. It is extremely vulnerable to enemy fighters and 40mm Bofors.
The Corsair's landing gear comes out at low speeds, but it is very difficult to land, so most players prefer to attempt crashing into an enemy and jumping out at the last second or simply parachuting out.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the Corsair makes a very brief appearance in the opening mission, Operation Aurora, when a Japanese convoy is obliterated by bombs from a trio of Corsairs.
Corsairs are seen later in the level. In particular, during the car chase scene, and prior to entering the sub pens, Corsairs are seen bombing Japanese positions and buildings, and several crash on the road. The Corsair is never usable by the player.