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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.

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Goodyear FG-1D Corsair “Skyboss” very low pass!! [Via]

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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)

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WW2Aero.com | www.controller.com | www.texasflyinglegends.org | www.museumofflight.org | www.controller.com | macyouview (Youtube)
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