Thunder Over Michigan Adds Twelfth Corsair

The Lone Star Flight Museum's magnificent F4U-5NL Corsair is now confirmed for the Yankee Air Museum's Thunder Over Michigan air show, bringing an even dozen of Chance Vought's famed bent wing fighter together for the first time since the early 1960s! (Alan Wilson photo via Wikipedia)

An even dozen Corsairs are now due to attend the Yankee Air Museum’s Thunder Over Michigan Air Show over the weekend of August 3/4 following news from the air show coordinator, Mike Luther, that the Lone Star Flight Museum’s F4U-5NL Bu.121881 has signed on to take part. And we expect this total to rise to a baker’s dozen before too long….. We will be sure to bring you those details once they are finalized.

Another shot of the Lone Star Flight Museum’s Corsair from two years ago sitting in the museum’s newly constructed facility in Houston, Texas. (Alan Wilson photo via Wikipedia)

It seems hard to believe that we have the prospect of seeing an entire ‘squadron’ of Corsairs on the ramp and in the air over Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan this summer, but that tantalizing prospect is now within reach. Of course, there is no guarantee that every scheduled participant will be able to take part on the day, but it’s easy to imagine double figures being in attendance now. Bravo to the Thunder Over Michigan team for all of their efforts on this magnificent endeavor!

The ramp at Willow Run will resemble this scene this August at the Thunder Over Michigan air show. This shot, circa 1943, shows a row of thirteen freshly-constructed FG-1 Corsairs outside the Goodyear Aircraft factory in Akron, Ohio. (photo via Wikipedia)

The list of Corsair’s scheduled to attend is now as follows…

FG-1D Bu.67089 – Elenville, LLC

FG-1D Bu.88090/NZ5612 – Louis Horschel

FG-1D Bu.92468  – Commemorative Air Force – Dixie Wing 

FG-1D Bu.92471 – Mid America Flight Museum

FG-1D Bu.92508 – Military Aviation Museum

F4U-4 Bu.97143 – Jim Tobul

F4U-4 Bu.97388 – Wings Of The North

F4U-5NL Bu.122179 – Collings Foundation

F4U-5NL Bu.121881 – Lone Star Flight Museum

F4U-5N Bu.123168 – Fighters & Legends

F4U-7 Bu.133710 – John O’Connor

F4U-7 Bu.133722 – Erickson Aircraft Collection

For those who love Corsairs, or simply vintage military aviation, you might like to check out the highly detailed article (written by your editor) about the last surviving Brewster-built Corsair in the most recent issue of Warbird Digest below…

 

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