F4U Corsair (multiple)

Charleston reunion (Oct 2013) 5296 FG-1D Corsair

Several examples of the bent-wing Vought F4U Corsair examples  I’ve photographed at the Udvar-Hazy, Evergreen Aviation Museum, Pima Air&Space Museum, Museum of Flight, Patriots Point and elsewhere on the air show circuit.


FG-1D 88297; Imperial War Museum 2008

There is some doubt in my mind that these are all of the same airframe. The first photo was taken Feb. 17 and clearly shows the yellow cowling. It also is in a normal display area and part of a Spitfire is visible in lower right of frame. There is an orange notice of some sort taped to the fuselage right below the cockpit. The remainder of the photos were taken Feb. 19, two days later, and the plane clearly is in a different location — nosed up against a wall. It also appears to be far dustier than the earlier photo. A little research shows the IWM had two different Corsairs — a Chance Vought FG-1D Corsair G-FGID (which wears these markings); and a Goodyear FG-1D Corsair N55JP (which may not have been there at that time.) Just interesting that the planes look different, and obviously have changed locations in the short span between those visits.


F4U-7 133722; Erickson Collection in Madras, Ore. 2017


Vought (Goodyear) FG-1D 92095; Evergreen Aviation Museum; 2015


F4U-1D 50375; Udvar-Hazy; 2015


F4U-4 97142; Pima Air&Space Museum 2017


 

F2G-1D 88454 Super Corsair; Museum of Flight 2013

This was the first production aircraft and was acquired from the Marine Corps by the Champlin Fighter Museum. Only two “Super Corsairs” still exist, and the Museum of Flight’s Super Corsair is listed as not-flightworthy. However, I photographed what appears to be the very same plane during an airshow at Paine Field in 2016.

Corsair F2G-1 (MoF 2013) 5061

Museum of Flight 2008

Museum of Flight 2008

F2G-1D Corsair; HFF Paine Field 2016


F4U Corsair; Detroit 2010


Goodyear FG-1D 88382; Museum of Flight 2010


Goodyear FG-1D 88368; Patriots Point; 2013