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Used by the famous Black Sheep Squadron, these model airplanes of the F4U Corsair are great for teaching about aviation history, blueprint reading, assembly techniques, and just having fun.  I put all of the plans that come from my models in a 3 Ring, view binder.  This makes a great collection of all of your plans.  This F-4U Corsair could be your first set of plans in your collection.

The Vought F4U Corsair was used in the military by both the Navy and Marines. 

The F4U Corsair is a radial engine fighter known for both its bent wings and its unique sound.  The F4U Corsair was 33' 4" long, 16' 1" high and had a wingspan of 41'.  The F4U Corsair had an empty weight of 8,982 lbs and a gross weight of 14,000 lbs.  The F4U Corsair used one Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine which produced 2200 - 2300 hp.  The F4U Corsair had a cruise speed of 182 mph, a max speed of 417 mph and a max climb rate of 2,890 ft/min.  The F4U Corsairs maximum range was 1,015 miles.  This airplane was mostly a carrier based airplane however it was also used from land based runways in the pacific by now well known pilots like Pappy Boyington of the Black Sheep Squadron. 
Webmasters Note:  The specs on this page are only for one variation of this plane.  There are many other variations that have different specs.

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F4U-1A Corsair 1/48 Kit



F4U-1A Corsair 1/48 Kit

A replica of the "1A" variant of the Vought F4U Corsair (which had a taller tail wheel and a taller and wider canopy for improved visibility), this 1/48 scale, plastic kit features a fully-outfitted cockpit with a pilot figure; an intricate Double-Wasp radial engine with optional-position cowl flaps; a choice of extended or folded wing construction and a bomb or a fuel tank for the fuselage; intricate landing gear with a tail hook; and a choice of authentic U.S. Navy VF-17 or USMC VMF-111 markings. 9¼" wingspan; assembly required.
#0083225

Price: $29.95

Vought F4UF Corsair 1/32 KitVought F4UF Corsair 1/32 Kit

This top-of-the-line 1/32 scale plastic kit features a completely outfitted cockpit with an optional-position canopy; a full armament package of bombs and rockets; movable control surfaces; a clear cowling to show off the supremely detailed 18-cylinder engine; metal detail parts; a choice of 21-victory ace Ken Walsh's VMF-222 markings from Okinawa, 1945, or those of VMF-323, the Death Rattlers, from the Korean War; and more. 15¼" wingspan; 350 parts, assembly required.  #M800225   Price: $89.95
F4U-4 Corsair "Korean War" 1/40 Display Model with FREE Book

F4U-4 Corsair "Korean War" 1/40 Display Model with FREE Book
VMF-214 "Black Sheep"

Purchase the model, get the book FREE! A $22.95 value!

F4U-4 Corsair "Korean War"1/40 Display Model
Meticulously hand carved and painted by expert craftsmen, this premium quality, 1/40 scale, mahogany model of an F4U-4 Corsair flown by the VMF-214 "Black Sheep" - the first Marines squadron to see action in Korea - is a real beauty! It even includes 1/20 scale models of an AN-M65 1,000-pound bomb, an AN-M64 500-pound bomb and a High Velocity Aircraft Rocket (HVAR) along with a metal history plate mounted on the elegant wood display base. 12¼" wingspan.

F4U Corsair Units of the Korean War
Thompson. Through firsthand accounts, full-color profiles and many never-before-published photographs, this book examines the operations of the 26 U.S. Navy Squadrons - most of which were carrier based - and the six Marine Corps squadrons that flew F4U Corsair combat missions during the Korean War. 96 pages, 75 color and B&W photographs, 33 color profiles, 7¼"x 9¾", softcover.
#0087479
Price: $199.00

F4U-4 Corsair "Korean War" 1/40 Display Model

F4U-4 Corsair "Korean War" 1/40 Display Model
VMF-214 "Black Sheep"

Meticulously hand carved and painted by expert craftsmen, this premium quality, 1/40 scale, mahogany model of an F4U-4 Corsair flown by the VMF-214 "Black Sheep" - the first Marines squadron to see action in Korea - is a real beauty! It even includes 1/20 scale models of an AN-M65 1,000-pound bomb, an AN-M64 500-pound bomb and a High Velocity Aircraft Rocket (HVAR) along with a metal history plate mounted on the elegant wood display base. 12¼" wingspan.
#0096623    Price: $179.00

F4U Corsair Working ModelF4U Corsair Working Model

Fun and fanciful, this battery-operated, plastic model features a working propeller and realistic lights and sounds, a clear plastic canopy and a pilot figure, wing-mounted bombs, a collage of familiar markings (including the famous Lafayette Escadrille "screaming Indian head" insignia on the fuselage), and a display stand. 11" wingspan; includes 2 AA batteries.
#0095835
Price: $14.95
World War II Fighter Plane 1/48 Kits



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F4U-1D Corsair 1/72 Die Cast Model

F4U-1D Corsair 1/72 Die Cast Model
VMF-112

Replicating a bent-wing F4U-1D flown by VMF-112 in 1945, this 1/72 scale, die cast model features engraved panel lines, a detailed cockpit with a glazed canopy and a pilot figure, removable gun access panels, a rotating propeller, two drop tanks, optional position landing gear, authentic markings, a clear plastic display stand, and more. 6¾" wingspan.
#0093676     Price: $29.95

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F4U-1A Corsair 1/72 Die Cast Model



F4U-1A Corsair 1/72 Die Cast Model
VF-17 "Jolly Rogers"

Replicating "White 29," the famous F4U Corsair flown by Ira Kepford (the U.S. Navy's most successful Corsair pilot with 16 confirmed victories) of the VF-17 "Jolly Rogers," this 1/72 scale, die cast model features engraved panel lines, a detailed cockpit with a glazed canopy, a realistic engine front with a rotating propeller, optional-position landing gear, and authentic markings, including victory symbols below the canopy and the squadron's skull-and-crossbones insignia on the engine cowl. 6¾" wingspan; includes a display stand.
#0095048

Price: $29.95

F4U-1D Corsair 1/72 Model

F4U-1D Corsair 1/72 Model

A replica of a Vought F4U Corsair flown by VMF-312 (whose first combat action came during the Battle of Okinawa, when four squadron aircraft intercepted 20 Japanese Zeros and achieved eight kills without a loss), this 1/72 scale, plastic model features textured surfaces, a detailed cockpit with a glazed canopy, AN/M2 Browning machine guns and high-velocity Tiny Tim rockets, two drop tanks, extended landing gear, and authentic VMF-312 "Days Knights" checkerboard markings. 6¾" wingspan; includes a display stand
#0093962

Price: $14.95

F4U-1 Corsair 1/72 Die Cast ModelF4U-1 Corsair 1/72 Die Cast Model
2nd Lieutenant Donald L. Balch, VMF-221, Guadalcanal, 1943

The eighth release in the Oxford Diecast series of 1/72 scale, die cast warplanes, this model replicates "White 125," the F4U-1 Corsair flown by 5-victory ace 2nd Lt. Donald L. Balch of the VMF-221 "Fighting Falcons" when he downed a Japanese Zero (his first victory of World War II) on July 6, 1943.

It features textured surfaces, a detailed cockpit with a glazed canopy, authentic markings, and more. 6¾" wingspan; includes a display stand that identifies the plane and pilot.
#0096208    Price: $19.95
Bent Wing Baby!



Bent Wing Baby!

This blonde beauty might just straighten out the wings of this F4U Corsair! 15"x 21" poster.
#0075505

Price: $16.95

F4U-1 "Bird Cage" Corsair 1/72 Kit

F4U-1 "Bird Cage" Corsair 1/72 Kit

Replicating a Vought F4U-1 Corsair (nicknamed for it birdcage-like canopy), this 1/72 scale, plastic kit features a well-equipped cockpit with the original's distinctive canopy, a detailed engine with a rotating propeller, realistic landing gear and an arrestor hook, and a choice of four U.S. Navy and Marine Corps markings (Maj. Greg "Pappy" Boyington of the VMF-214 "Black Sheep," Lt. Kenneth Walsh of VMF-124, and two VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" markings). 6¾" wingspan; assembly required.
#0083214     Price: $24.95

F4U Corsair Ready-to-Fly Radio Controlled Airplane

F4U Corsair Ready-to-Fly Radio Controlled Airplane

You've always wanted one… and now you can have it! With this electric, everything-included F4U Corsair, now is the time to step up to the thrills of radio controlled fighter aerobatics.

You get:
- Two flying modes: a smoother, more manageable mode for newer pilots or, at the flip of a switch on your remote, maximum control for high-energy maneuvers such as loops, victory rolls, Cuban-8s and more - Durable foam construction and realistic scale appearance, features and flight behavior - A 5-channel, full-range 2.4GHz radio transmitter with proportional throttle, rudder, aileron and elevator controls - A powerful 480 brushless outrunner motor with a choice of 3-blade and 2-blade propellers - A steerable tail wheel and fixed landing gear for smooth takeoffs and landings - A prototypical inverted gull wing, a pilot figure, and authentic markings - A lithium (LiPo) battery and a DC charger

44" wingspan; minimal assembly required.
#0094903

Price: $349.00

F4U Corsair Radio-Controlled Airplane

F4U Corsair Radio-Controlled Airplane

This electric, ready-to-fly, radio-controlled F4U Corsair features realistic looks and spot-on flight characteristics with 4-channel control for the ultimate R/C experience. Like the original gull-wing fighter, it has plenty of performance for sport aerobatics (such as rolls and loops!) but remains a joy to fly at slower speeds if you want to throttle back and shoot touch-and-go landings!

You get everything you need, including:
* A pre-installed 8mm brushed motor
* A 3.7V, 150mAh LiPo battery for 6-10 minute flight times
* A 4-channel 2.4GHz transmitter
* A pre-installed Spektrum™ receiver with fully proportional elevator, throttle, rudder and aileron control for precise flying and maneuverability
* Durable foam construction with molded panel lines and a clear cockpit canopy
* Removable landing gear with a steerable tail wheel
* A choice of decals for F4Us flown by Ira "Ike" Kepford of the famed "Jolly Rogers" and Greg "Pappy" Boyington of the "Black Sheep" squadron
* A portable DC fast charger
* AA batteries for the transmitter
* Instructions
* And more!
15¾" wingspan.     #0094916     Price: $199.00

F4U Corsair Die 1/100 Cast Model
F4U Corsair Die 1/100 Cast Model
"White 29," Ira Kepford, VF-17 "Jolly Rogers"

Replicating "White 29," the famous Vought F4U Corsair flown by Ira Kepford (the U.S. Navy's most successful Corsair pilot with 16 confirmed victories) of the VF-17 "Jolly Rogers," this 1/100 scale, die cast model features authentic markings, including the squadron's skull-and-crossbones insignia on the engine cowl. 4¾" wingspan; includes a display stand.     #0095237     Price: $9.95
F4U Corsair 1/48 Die Cast ModelF4U Corsair 1/48 Die Cast Model

This value priced, 1/48 scale, die cast model of the F4U Corsair flown by 26-victory ace Maj. Greg "Pappy" Boyington - leader of VMF-214, the famed "Black Sheep" squadron - features textured surfaces, a clear plastic canopy, a rotating propeller, authentic markings, a Corsair collector's card, and more. 10" wingspan; includes a display stand.
#0095861     Price: $39.95
F4U-1D Corsair 1/72 Die Cast Model

F4U-1D Corsair 1/72 Die Cast Model
VMF-112, 1945

Replicating an F4U-1D Corsair flown by VMF-112, the "Wolf Pack," off the USS Bennington (CV-20) in April, 1945, this limited edition, 1/72 scale, die cast Corgi model features engraved panel lines; a detailed cockpit with a glazed canopy and a pilot figure; a rotating propeller; two removable external fuel tanks; optional position landing gear; authentic markings, including the Bennington's "Pine Tree" recognition symbol on the wings and tail; and more. 6¾" wingspan; includes a display stand.
#0092303
Price: $53.95
 

F4U-1A Corsair 1/48 Die Cast Model

F4U-1A Corsair 1/48 Die Cast Model
Maj. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, VMF-214 "Black Sheep"

A replica of "White 86," the famous F4U-1A Corsair flown by 26-victory Marine ace Maj. Greg "Pappy" Boyington, leader of the VMF-214 "Black Sheep," in the Pacific Theater of World War II, this 1/48 scale, die cast Hobby Master model has:

-Engraved panel and hatch lines and simulated fabric texturing on wing and tail surfaces

-A well-equipped cockpit with instruments, a control stick, a pilot figure, and a sliding canopy

-A detailed Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 Double Wasp radial engine front with a rotating propeller (whose three blades are so accurately reproduced they even include miniature Hamilton Standard logos)

-The prototype's famous inverted gull-wings, which can be repositioned for display in either the flying or folded configurations (where you can see replicas of internal structural components)

-Super-fine details such as machine gun ports, simulated navigation lights, and a pitot tube

-A removable, fuselage-mounted fuel tank

-Optional-position landing gear

-Authentic markings, including the original's "Lucybelle" and victory flags on the fuselage

-A display stand

-And more!

Hobby Master Mustangs, Spitfires, Fw 190s, and others in this series are widely recognized as the finest die cast WWII warbirds ever produced, and the line just keeps getting better and better. So don't wait. Order your highly collectible, "Bent Wing Bird" now! 10¼" wingspan.
#0098777

Price: $69.95

F4U-4 Corsair 1/40 Display Model

F4U-4 Corsair 1/40 Display Model
U.S. Marines' VMF-212 Devil Cats

Made of Philippine mahogany, this hand carved, 1/40 scale model beautifully replicates the F4U-4 Corsair flown by the U.S. Marines' VMF-212 "Devil Cats" in the Korean War - right down to the centerline fuel tank and wing-mounted bombs! Measuring 10" long with a 12¼" wingspan, it includes a display stand with a mahogany base and a history plate.
#0097137     Price: $119.00

F4U-5N Corsair 1/32 Model



F4U-5N Corsair 1/32 Model
USMC Night Markings

Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/32 scale model measures 12½" in length and has a wingspan of 15". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the included mahogany base.
#0090818

Price: $179.00

F4U Corsair 1/100 Die Cast Model

F4U Corsair 1/100 Die Cast Model

Replicating an F4U Corsair flown by Marine Fighting Squadron 422 (VMF-422), the "Flying Buccaneers," this 1/100 scale die cast model features textured surfaces, a glazed canopy, a rotating three-blade propeller, a centerline fuel tank, authentic markings, and more. 5" wingspan; includes a display stand
#0091277     Price: $15.95

F2G Super Corsair 1/72 KitF2G Super Corsair 1/72 Kit

The F2G Super Corsair - Goodyear's redesign of the F4U - was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-4360 28-cylinder engine and customized for air racing. Replicating Cook Cleland's famous F2G #57, which was flown by Ben McKillen at the 1949 Cleveland National Air Races, this 1/72 scale, plastic kit features recessed panel lines, a well-equipped cockpit with a glazed canopy, plenty of resin and photo-etched metal parts, weighted wheels, and a choice of four markings. 6¾" wingspan; assembly required.     #0083577     Price: $26.95
F2G Super Corsair 1/48 KitF2G Super Corsair 1/48 Kit

Take off with Cook Cleland, World War II ace who downed five enemy aircraft while flying a dive bomber and then went on to fly this Super Corsair in the Thompson Trophy races of the late 1940s. This 1/48 scale plastic kit features resin, photo-etched and film detail parts; optional vacu-form canopies; a choice of markings, including those flown to victory in the 1949 Tinnerman Trophy race; and more. 10¼" wingspan; assembly required.     #0096042     Price: $42.95
F4U-1 Corsair 1/72 KitF4U-1 Corsair 1/72 Kit
Plastic Model Kit

Plastic kit featuring fully engraved panel lines and rivet detail. Realistic cockpit  interior includes a seat and controls. Optional bombs and external fuel cells included.  6¾" wingspan when completed.      
.....#0009808 $12.95
F4U-4B Corsair 1/48 Kit
Plastic Model Kit.

Powered by the Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine, this late-war and  post-World War 2 variant featured a "blown" canopy. Plastic kit includes a detailed  cockpit, authentic engine with crankcase and a front row of cylinders, and a  realistic wheel assembly. Ordnance includes wing-mounted rockets and fuselage  mounted bombs. 83 pieces and a 9¼" wingspan when complete.      .....#0009769 $16.95

F4U-1D Corsair 1/32 Model
Pre Built Mahogany Model

Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/32 scale model measures 12 ½" in length and  has a wingspan of 15". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on  the included mahogany base. 
.....#0009316 $169.00

F4U-4 Corsair Balsa Wood Kit
Balsa Wood Model Kit

This 1/16 scale balsa kit of the F4U Corsair has many special features including folding wings, retractable landing gear, a sliding canopy, a simulated engine and  more. Kit has a 30¾" wingspan when completed and can be used for display, gas-powered or rubber-powered free flight. Assembly required.      .....#0008925 $69.95
F4U-4 Corsair 1/48 KitF4U-4 Corsair 1/48 Kit
Plastic Model Kit.
VMF-214

This 1/48 scale plastic kit features recessed panel lines; a fully outfitted cockpit with a pilot figure; folding wings and a movable tail hook; retractable landing gear with working bay doors; a rotating propeller; drop tanks, bombs and wing-mounted rockets; a choice of two markings, including those of VMF-214, the "Black Sheep" squadron, from Korea in 1951; and more. 10½" wingspan; 70 parts, assembly required.    #0092225 Price:
$16.95
F4U-1D Corsair 1/48 Kit

F4U-1D Corsair 1/48 Kit
Plastic Model Kit
VMF-214

Plastic kit of the best-known WWII Naval fighter features recessed panel lines, a detailed Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine with choice of propeller and open or closed cowl flaps, and choice of raised or lowered flaps. Includes rockets, drop tanks and bombs. Choice of markings includes those of Maj. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. 133 pieces; 10" wingspan when complete.     #0009830     Price:
$25.95

F4U-1 Corsair 1/48 Die Cast Model

F4U-1 Corsair 1/48 Die Cast Model
Lt. Edwin L. Olander, VMF-214 "Black Sheep"

A replica of "Marine's Dream," a Vought F4U Corsair flown by 5-victory ace 1st Lt. Edwin L. Olander of the U.S. Marine Corps' VMF-214 "Black Sheep" when it was stationed at the Solomon Islands in 1943, this 1/48 scale, die cast Hobby Master model features engraved panel and hatch lines and simulated fabric texturing on its wing and tail surfaces; a well-equipped cockpit with a sliding "birdcage" canopy; a detailed Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 radial engine front with a rotating propeller; the prototype's famous inverted gull-wings, which can be repositioned for display in either the flying or folded configurations; machine gun ports, simulated navigation lights, a pitot tube, and other super-fine details; optional-position landing gear; and authentic markings, including the original's sultry nose art. 10¼" wingspan; arrives ready to display on the included stand.

#0098830

Price: $69.95
1932 Ford Coupe 1/18 Die Cast Model1932 Ford Coupe 1/18 Die Cast Model

During World War II, the F4U Corsair ruled the skies over the Pacific and became a legend. Now, this limited edition, 1/18 scale, die cast metal 1932 Ford Coupe - a genuine tribute to that plane - features the Corsair's colors and the markings of its most famous squadron: the VF-17 "Jolly Rogers." This battle-hardened car even has bullet holes in the trunk deck, car tire "kill" emblems, and a license plate that reads "F4 - 32!"

You also get a well-equipped interior with a detailed dashboard, working steering, aluminum "bomber-style" seats and opening doors; a glazed windshield; a detailed flathead Ford V8 "Ardun" engine (complete with spark plug wires, hoses, and fan blades) with a removable hood; plenty of simulated chrome; a detailed underframe, fuel tank, and exhaust system; an intricate suspension system with free-rolling wheels and realistically treaded tires; and much more. 8" long; arrives ready to display.
#0095941
Price: $115.00
F4U Corsair Nose Art PanelF4U Corsair Nose Art Panel

Lucybelle - Boyington VMF-214

Gary Velasco. Hand painted, authentic reproduction of the nose art of Maj. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington's F4U-1A Corsair. Panel is a scaled-down version of the real thing and is made of aluminum. Ready to display on the two attached D-ring hangers. 22"x 18".    #0007964     Price: $225.00

F4U Corsair Balsa Kit
Balsa Wood Model Kit

The 70+ laser-cut parts included in this kit makes it one of the finest quality balsa  kits available. You get hand-selected balsa, color peel-and-stick decals, 5-inch  plastic propeller, full scale plans with step-by-step instructions, light weight color  tissue, wheels, rubber and more. 17?" wingspan when completed; assembly required. For display or rubber-powered flight.  .....#0008971 $25.95

F4U-1D Corsair with Tug 1/48 Kit
Plastic Model Kit

This amazingly detailed 1/48 scale plastic kit includes a full cockpit with a pilot  figure, optional position wings, external rockets and drop tanks? even the Corsair's  thick propeller blades realistically replicated. And if that weren't enough, you also get the "moto-tug" with driver, which towed U.S. fighters on aircraft carrier flight decks.  10" wingspan; assembly required.  .....#0092010 $44.95

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Cook Cleland, World War II ace who downed five enemy aircraft while flying a dive bomber and then went on to fly this Super Corsair in the Thompson Trophy races of the late 1940s.

"White 29," the famous Vought F4U Corsair flown by Ira Kepford (the U.S. Navy's most successful Corsair pilot with 16 confirmed victories) of the VF-17 "Jolly Rogers

F4U Corsair flown by 26-victory ace Maj. Greg "Pappy" Boyington - leader of VMF-214, the famed "Black Sheep" squadron

F4U-1D Corsair flown by VMF-112, the "Wolf Pack," off the USS Bennington (CV-20) in April, 1945

 F4U Corsair flown by Marine Fighting Squadron 422 (VMF-422), the "Flying Buccaneers,

F4U-4 Corsair flown by the VMF-214 "Black Sheep" - the first Marines squadron to see action in Korea

Vought F4U-1 Corsair (nicknamed for it birdcage-like canopy),

18-cylinder engine;  21-victory ace Ken Walsh's VMF-222 markings from Okinawa, 1945

Vought F4U Corsair flown by VMF-312 (whose first combat action came during the Battle of Okinawa, when four squadron aircraft intercepted 20 Japanese Zeros and achieved eight kills without a loss)

"White 125," the F4U-1 Corsair flown by 5-victory ace 2nd Lt. Donald L. Balch of the VMF-221 "Fighting Falcons" when he downed a Japanese Zero (his first victory of World War II) on July 6, 1943.

The F4U flown by Medal of Honor recipient Lt. (jg) Thomas Hudner, who intentionally crash-landed in an attempt to save his wingman, Jesse Brown, the U.S. Navy's first African-American aviator, in 1950 Korea.

F4U flown by Medal of Honor recipient Lt. (jg) Thomas Hudner, who intentionally crash-landed in an attempt to save his wingman, Jesse Brown, the U.S. Navy's first African-American aviator, in 1950 Korea.

White 167, Lt. Cdr. Roger R.  Hedrick's Corsair as he flew it from the USS Bunker Hill.  February, 1945

Lt. Ira C. "Ike" Kepford's Corsair, White 29, as he flew it for VF-17, the Jolly Rogers squadron

White 576, Marine's Dream, the Corsair of 1st Lt. Edwin L. Olander's who became an ace with five confirmed kills while flying with VMF-214 out of Munda, New Guinea in late 1943

F4U-4 Corsair flown by the U.S. Marines' VMF-212 "Devil Cats" in the Korean War

U.S. Marines VMF 214 "Black Sheep" squadron markings of Major Gregory Boyington from 1943

Ensign Alfred Lerch, who flew with VF-10 off the USS Intrepid in 1945,

VMF-312 "Days Knights" checkerboard markings

Training squadron VFMT-20 based at  MCAS Cherry Point

two of the aircraft which helped shape the bitter fighting that took place over Guadalcanal in 1942. White 20 was an  F4U-1 Corsair piloted by First Lt. Foy R. "Poncho" Garison of VMF-213. Ens. Saburo  Saito flew with the Zuikaku Fighter Squadron that was involved in the evacuation of Guadalcanal before being based at Rabaul and Buin.

American War Eagles: F4U Corsair: Thunder from the Skies. The Corsair is regarded as one of the greatest warplanes in history. Designed to fly behind the most powerful  engine and biggest propeller of any fighter in existence, the prototype was the first U.S. combat aircraft to exceed 400 mph. Once the U.S. Navy adopted the Corsair as a ship-board fighter-bomber, they operated in the Pacific Fleet and established a kill  ratio of 11:1 against Japanese aircraft.

U.S.M.C. pilot Verne Salisbury during the heat of aerial combat over the South Pacific

the Vought F4U Corsair carried out 64,051 missions, during which 2,140 enemy aircraft were destroyed in combat with only 189 Corsair losses - an incredible success ratio of 11:1.

Designed to fly behind the most powerful engine and biggest propeller of any fighter in existence, the prototype was the first U.S. combat aircraft to exceed 400 mph. Once the U.S. Navy adopted the Corsair as a ship-board fighter-bomber, they operated in the Pacific Fleet and established a kill ratio of 11:1 against Japanese aircraft.

Marine Major Archie Donahue, flying his F4U Corsair from the USS Bunker Hill, fends off a Kamikaze attack during the Okinawa campaign of 1944

Big Hog from VF-17

Ira Kepford's White 29.

VMF-214 - five-victory ace Ed Olander - who flew this plane from the Solomon Islands in 1943

VMF-214, the "Black Sheep" squadron, from Korea in 1951

Seven-victory ace Lt. Daniel Cunningham from November, 1943

Diamondback rattlesnake of VMF-323 - the Death Rattlers!

F4U-5N Corsair owned and piloted by Jim Read is signed by renowned aviation photographer Paul Bowen

Lt. Guy Bordelon - the only U.S. Navy ace in Korea and also the only night fighter ace in Korea.  Guy Bordelon,   the last propeller ace of all time,

At dawn, on May 10, 1945, 100 miles north of Okinawa, two Marine F4U Corsairs from VMF-312, led by then Capt. Ken Reusser, successfully engaged a Japanese Ki-45 Kai Hei Toryu (Nick)

Flying his F4U-5N Corsair, Lt. Guy Bordelon shoots down the first of two Soviet-built La-11s he defeated in a matter of minutes south of Seoul, Korea, on June 30, 1953.

"Pappy" Boyington and his fellow F4U Corsair pilots of VMF-214, the Black Sheep Squadron, tear into a large formation of Japanese Zekes in the skies over Rabaul in late December, 1943

 

F4U Corsair Books
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by Captain Peterson
a fantastic book, I have one myself, C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster

Captain Peterson flew in both WW2 and the Korean War in the Corsairs.  Before becoming a pilot and an officer, he was a seaman on a ship that was sunk by the Japanese.  He came back to the states and heard about flight school.  He applied for the school and then became an officer and a flew these great aircraft.  I have spoken to Captain Peterson several times and he is a real nice person.  He told me the story of his friend who flew in the corsairs in WW2, the Korean War, then flew another plane in the Viet Nam War.  The book really is fantastic with great pictures and great stories.

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More F4U Aviation Art and Aircraft Models

Type
Single seat carrier launched
fighter/bomber 
Powerplant: one 2,000-hp Pratt &  Whitney R-2800-8 radial piston engine 

Performance
Maximum Speed:
417 mph (671km/h) at 19,000 ft (6065m)
316 mph (509 km/h) at sea level
Initial Climb: 2,890 ft (881m) per  minute
Service Ceiling: 36,900 ft (11247m)
Max Range: 1,015 miles (1633 km)

Max Weights
 Empty: 8,982 lb (4074 kg)
 Loaded: 14,000 lb (6350kg)

 Dimensions
 Wing Span: 41 ft (12.5m)
 Length: 33 ft 4 in (10.16m)
 Height:16 ft 1 in (4.9m)
Wing Area: 314 sq ft (29.15m2)

Armament
 6 X 0.5 (12.7mm) machine guns
Bomb Load (F4U1-D): 2,000 lb (1818 kg)

Please note that the specs here are for only one version  of the F4U Corsair, other versions have different specifications.

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Please Note:  I took the photo of the clouds used in the background picture
while we were flying from a Northern Siberian city named Khatanga
on our way to the North Pole in April 2002.  C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster
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