Wheels in the Well, F4U Corsair
Wheels retracting in the Well, F4U Corsair at California Capital Airshow.
The Corsair's aerodynamics were an advance over those of contemporary naval fighters. The F4U was the first U.S. Navy aircraft to feature landing gear that retracted into a fully enclosed wheel well. The landing gear oleo struts rotated through 90° during retraction in a manner similar to that of the Curtiss P-40, with the wheel atop the lower end of the strut; a pair of rectangular doors enclosed the wheel wells, leaving a streamlined wing.
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