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Old May 28, 2011, 12:59 AM
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Kyle -- The Corsair was powered by the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp, a monster 18 cylinder double radial, capable of 2,250 horsepower. This massive power plant needed a comparably big propeller to absorb all that horsepower. Chance Vought settled on a 13' 4" diameter Hamilton Standard prop, the largest ever to be fitted to a fighter at that time.

The Douglas A-1 Skyraider, one of my favorites also, had an even larger Wright R-3350 Cyclone geared radial engine rated anywhere from 2,400 to 2,800 horsepower (depending on the model) turning a 13' 6" propeller. The Cyclone was the same engine used in the B-29 Super Fortress and was the largest radial engine ever used in a successfully produced single engine US military aircraft.
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