Vought F4U-5NL Corsair

The F4U Corsair was one of the finest World War II fighters ever built. At first not suitable to fly from carriers, the Corsair weaved a path of destruction in battle after battle in the Pacific, totally outclassing the much feared Japanese Zero. With its instantly recognizable gull-wing shape and its great speed and firepower, the Corsair was still coming off the production line in 1953, one of the last of the great piston-engine fighters.

Vought’s remarkable Corsair, also manufactured by Brewster and Goodyear, was still an important part of US naval air power during the Korean War. The radar equipped night-fighter version was introduced late in World War II and was used very successfully in the early years of the Korean War. A US Navy Corsair night-fighter pilot was the only Korean War ace who did not fly the F-86 Sabre.