Without doubt, the mighty F4U Corsair is one of the most iconic warbirds of all time. It’s brutish, but elegant lines, combined with a superb fighting record and longevity as a frontline combat aircraft have permanently etched its name into military lore. Given its position in aviation history, it seems surprising that only a couple of dozen examples still fly worldwide. This is due mainly to the complexity of the airframe’s manufacture, especially the massive, curved main spar and the heavy use of spot-welding in constructing much of the airframe (unique amongst WWII fighters). Corsairs are incredibly expensive to repair, and it is only just recently that it has become cost-effective to remanufacture main spars and the spot-welded fuselage skin assemblies. We are perhaps about to enter a renaissance in Corsair restoration, with a dozen or so examples about to rise from the ashes, as it were, in the coming years.
But, let us not forget those we have right now. Probably the longest serving Corsair warbird of them all is the Commemorative Air Force’s FG-1D Corsair Bu.92468, which has been flying at air shows across the country since the late 1950s! Right now, this hard-working aircraft needs a lot of TLC as well as a new engine, and that’s where our readers can help. The CAF’s 12 Airplanes of Christmas fund raising campaign is winding down as the year comes to a close. We have until December 31st to make tax-deductible donations this tax year to this stalwart Corsair. Please do click HERE to contribute… even just $10, less than a movie ticket, will help get this marvelous machine back where she belongs… in the air!
We here at WarbirdsNews believe firmly in supporting organizations, both large and small, in their efforts to preserve vintage aviation history, which is why we are committed to the CAF’s mission. To add a little sugar to the message though, author and military historian Bruce Gamble sent us a selection of WWII-era, Corsair-related images with captions to share… and we know you will be interested to read on… after you’ve made your contribution of course.
Many thanks to Bruce Gamble for the Corsair story… Please also remember to click HERE to contribute to the CAF’s FG-1D Corsair restoration project!