Nicknamed "Whistling Death" by the Japanese, the Chance Vought F4U Corsair was the premier Navy and Marine fighter of World War II. Designed as a carrier based aircraft the Corsair had significant landing issues early on. As a result the U.S. Marines became the primary user as a land based fighter in the Pacific Theater. The Corsair, along with the Grumman Hellcat, are credited with turning the tide of the Pacific air war by overwhelming the once-fearsome Japanese Zero fighter. The most notable users being the "Blacksheep" Squadron lead by Major Pappy Boyington.
Besides its role in air-to-air combat, Corsairs were used as fighter-bombers near the end of WWII and throughout the Korean War. The Corsair had an unusually long production run for a WWII-era aircraft with 12,571 examples, the last in 1952.
In production longer than any other U.S. World War II-era fighter, Vought's design was subcontracted for production by other companies, among them Goodyear, whose Corsairs carried the designation FG. By the end of World War II, Goodyear-built Corsairs were flying in over 50 Navy and Marine Corps squadrons ashore and on board aircraft carriers.
"Whistling Death" – a war time nickname applied to all Corsair’s by the Japanese. This name describes the distinctive whistling sound caused by air flowing over the oil coolers in each wing’s leading edge.
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair “Skyboss” very low pass!! [Via]
As WW2Aero reports, the FG-1D Corsair “Skyboss” regularly flown by the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, NY is being offered for sale. The Pratt & Whitney R-2800-powered aircraft (S/N 67089) was manufactured by Goodyear in 1942 and is reportedly equipped with a passenger/ride jump seat, STEC 60-2 autopilot and Garmin 155 GPS, as well as King com, nav, DME and transponder.
The Corsair is being offered for $2,495,000. Additional details can be found here.
FG-1D Corsair Specifications:
- Crew: 1 pilot
- Length: 33 ft
- Wingspan: 41 ft
- Height: 16 ft 1 in
- Wing Area: 314 sq ft
- Empty Weight: 8,982 lbs
- Loaded Weight: 14,000 lbs
- Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W radial engine, 2,250 hp
- Power/Mass: .16 hp/lbs
- Max Speed: 425 mph (Cruise speed: 270m mph)
- Range: 1,015 miles
- Service Ceiling: 36,900 ft
- Rate of Climb: 3,180 ft/min
- Armament: 4 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns, 400 rpg and 2 × 0.50 in Browning M2 machine guns, 375 rpg
- Rockets: 4 × 5 in High Velocity Aircraft Rockets and/or bombs
- Bombs: 250 to 1,000 lbs bombs to a total of 2,000 lbs on three hard points (one under the fuselage and two under wing)