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Warbirds In Review 2019 Chance-Vought F4U-4 Corsair

Development of the F4U Corsair began in early 1938. By May 1940, Vought had produced a prototype. The new fighter’s inverted gull wings gave the aircraft an unmistakably recognizable face when viewed head-on, and were designed to provide ground clearance for the massive 13-foot propeller. On the Corsair’s maiden flight, she broke the speed record for a single-seat fighter aircraft by exceeding 400 miles per hour in level flight. The Navy was sold on the speedy fighter and ordered Vought to begin production. Known for its distinctive design and huge propeller, the aircraft was also known for the peculiar sound it made at higher airspeed.  The Japanese tagged the fighter with the badass moniker, “Whistling Death.” The F4U Corsair entered combat in 1943, and gave Allied naval aviators a winning edge against their opponents. Jim Tobul's aircraft served in the US Navy until it was removed from inventory in 1958. During the Korean War, this aircraft (Bu # 97143) had over 200 combat missions aboard the USS Valley Forge and the USS Boxer.  From approximately 1960 to 1970, the aircraft flew with the Honduran Air Force. In 1970 it was sold to an American and brought to the USA. The airplane was purchased in 1981 and after a ten year restoration project "Korean War Hero" proudly flew again on December 8, 1991. Length 60:00.