Legends Over Madera - Air Show 2009 - Madera, CA (Not affiliated with the 2010 Madera Air Show)  

May 2931, 2009California Air Shows
Madera Airport, Madera CA

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"Planes of Fame" - F4U-1A Corsair

Conceived in early 1938 in response to a US Navy requirement for a high-speed, high altitude fighter, the prototype inverted gull-winged XF4U-1 Corsair first took to the air in May 1940 and immediately proved itself to be one of the fastest fighter aircraft in the world. In June 1941, the Navy issued the first production contract for the somewhat revised F4U-1 model and the basic design continued in production until January 1953, at which time over 12,800 Corsairs of all models had been built.

Although the Corsair (often known as the "Whistling Death" by the Japanese because of the noise that it made in high-speed flight, the "Bent-Winged Bird" by its crews because of its wing design or simply "Old Hose Nose" because of its very long nose) enjoyed an extremely long production run by the standards of its era, the aircraft, primarily because of economic considerations, did not become as popular on the civil register as some other fighters such as the North American P-51 Mustang. Nevertheless, there are still a few Corsairs airworthy around the world and, from time to time, racing versions of the big fighter have even bested the more numerous and streamlined highly modified Mustangs in unlimited air races.

One of the basically stock Corsairs still active is F4U-1A Bu No .17799 (civil registration NX83782) which belongs to The Air Museum "Planes of Fame" at Chino Airport in Southern California.

 

 


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