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Aircraft Under Restoration

FG-1D Corsair

Corsair The Corsair was the first carrier aircraft which could outfight the best fighters that the Japanese employed during World War II. It was also the first radial engine fighter to exceed 400mph at level flight. The U.S. Navy had initially prohibited the Corsair from carrier operations, however the British Fleet Air Arm demonstrated the Corsair could be effectively employed as a carrier-based fighter by incorporating a curving landing pattern which enabled pilots to keep the flight deck in sight. The U.S. Navy adopted this flight technique and employed the Corsair as a carrier-based aircraft midway through the war. By war's end, the Corsairs had flown 64,041 sorties with 2,140 confirmed enemy aircraft destroyed in aerial combat (including many more destroyed on the ground) with a loss of 189.

The FG-1D Corsair is the Goodyear manufactured version of the F4U-1D, powered by a Pratt-Whitney R-2800-8W engine and delivering 2,250hp. The top speed of the aircraft was 425mph with a range of 1,015 miles and a ceiling of 37,000 feet. The Corsair was armed with six .50 caliber machine guns and 2,000 pounds of bombs or rockets under the wings.

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