Dave, do you know that for certain, or just a guess? That Corsair is NOT an F2G by its looks. I think that Packard-Merlin engines have been hotted up quite a lot for racing, but not so certain about R-2800s. Would that be a fair comparison? David D
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 6, 2020 11:15:14 GMT 12
If they were both stock standard the Mustang's top speed was 440 mph (708 km/h, 383 kn), and the F4U-4's top speed was 446 mph (718 km/h, 388 kn) on paper.
However Bryan Cox raced a P-51D in his FG-1 Corsair in Japan and he told me that the Mustang pilot said afterwards he'd pushed the throttle through the gate to maximum speed while Bryan never even got near top speed and he pulled away comfortably, so at lowish level as seen here my view is the Corsair would win.