Using Flaps in a Dogfight with the F4U Corsair and others

Using Flaps in a Dogfight

Is it possible to improve turn performance in a WW2 fighter by deploying the flaps? It depends. let’s look at this issue and see what NACA and official sources say on the subject.

If you haven’t already watched it, please watch this video first,

The concepts in that video are required knowledge to understand this video.


NACA, Study of turning performance of a fighter-type airplane particularly as affected by flaps and increased engine supercharging

NACA, Measurements in flight of the flying qualities of the Chance Vought F4U-4 airplane

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