Serving from both land bases and aircraft carriers the F4U Corsair was powered by an 18 cylinder 2,000 hp Pratt and Whitney R-2800 engine. The Corsair was a gull winged workhorse, deploying 70% of total bombs dropped by fighters during the war. The U.S. Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio and some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of WWII.
With 12,571 produced from 1942-1953 over 16 different models, the Chance Vought F4U Corsair was the longest production run of any piston engined fighter in U.S. history. Most were eventually scrapped due to the high demand for metals after the war. Today they are still a beautiful sight in the sky with around 28 still airworthy.
|Four members of a Navy fighter squadron "posed" their Chance Vought FAU-1 Corsairs high in the air while a Navy photographer took their picture.||Airplane factory in Stratford, Connecticut, World War II, which produced over 6,000 Corsairs- fighter planes with fold-up wings for use on board aircraft carriers.||F4U Corsairs and F6F Hellcats of Air Group 83 pictured on the flight deck of the carrier Essex (CV 9) during operations off Okinawa.|
|Mechanics hoist up the tail of a Chance-Vought F4U Corsair before realigning its machine guns at a Marine advanced base in the South Pacific. February 1944.||Four F4U Corsairs returning from a combat mission over North Korea, circling the aircraft carrier USS Boxer while waiting to land. North Korean troops invaded South Korea 25 June, 1950, marking the beginning of the Korean War.||Crewmen on board the escort carrier Attu (CVE 102), her deck packed with F4U Corsairs, observe personnel being transferred by high line between the carrier and Fox (AG 85).|
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