The revolutionary F4U Corsair was originally designed in
1938 in response to a US Navy request for a high speed carrier-based fighter.
The producers of this plane, Chance Vought, attempted to
place the largest available engine in the smallest possible airframe. This
required the plane to be fitted with an awkward type of landing gear, resulting
in the introduction of the inverted gullwing, the signature feature of this
US Navy carrier trials of the plane were disappointing.
However, the plane was relegated to a land-based role. It performed admirably
from the ground and saw extensive use during the latter stages of World War II
and later during the Korean War in service with both the Navy and the Marines.
The Corsair, which easily outperformed every other American
fighter of its time, was armed with six 12.7mm wing-mounted radial piston
engine, was capable of 417mph.
•Fully engraved panel lines & rivet detail
•Highly detailed cockpit interior
•Optional position landing gear door
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