Model Airplane News
October, 1940

Model Airplane News Cover for October, 1940 by Jo Kotula Chance-Vought F4U Corsair    Model Airplane News Cover for November, 1943 by Jo Kotula Chance-Vought F4U Corsair    Model Airplane News Cover for August, 1953 by Jo Kotula Chance-Vought F4U Corsair

Chance-Vought F4U "Corsair"
Model Airplane News Cover Art for October, 1940, Novmber, 1943 and August, 1953
by Jo Kotula
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The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was a carrier-capable fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. The Corsair served in smaller air forces until the 1960s, following the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history (19421952). Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II. The U.S. Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio with the F4U Corsair.

The Chance-Vought F4U Corsair      The Chance-Vought F4U Corsair

Photos of the Chance-Vought F4U "Corsair"
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Corsairs served with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, Fleet Air Arm and the Royal New Zealand Air Force, as well the French Navy Aeronavale and other services postwar. It quickly became the most capable carrier-based fighter-bomber of World War II. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought's manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear (as the FG-1) and Brewster (as the F3A-1). From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured by Vought in 16 separate models. The unique "gull" wing was designed to provide clearance for the airplane's oversized propellor.

Here is a video of the Chance-Vought F4U "Corsair" in action:

In addition to the cover of Model Airplane News, this airplane was also featured in the WINGS "Friend or Foe" trading card series of the early 1950s

 Card 034 of the Wings Friend or Foe series  The Chance-Vought F4U Corsair

Trading card representation of the Chance-Vought F4U "Corsair"
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Click Here for more information about the Chance-Vought F4U "Corsair".

This was a popular Cleveland kit that taxed modelers skill in building the "Gull" wings.

Cleveland Model of the F4U Corsair     Cleveland Model of the F4U Corsair

Cleveland Model of the F4U "Corsair"

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You can buy the plans and patterns that will enable you to make this model right now. Click Here to go to the exact location on the Cleveland Website to get them.

Cleveland Site Location of the F4U Corsair

F4U "Corsair" at the Cleveland Site
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