F4U Corsair

The story of how the iconic Vought F4U Corsair got the Nickname “Ensign Eliminator”

The story of how the iconic Vought F4U Corsair got the Nickname “Ensign Eliminator”

The F4U Corsair The Vought F4U Corsair was a high-performance fighter aircraft, either carrier or land based. The primary mission… Read More

1 week ago

The story of “Lulubelle,” Pappy Boyington’s F4U Corsair Nose Art that Never was

Pappy Boyington and Lulubelle Col. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (ret.), USMC was the "bad boy" hero of World War II that… Read More

4 months ago

Seafire Vs Corsair Vs Sea Fury: Seafire pilots offer a comparison with some of the competitors of the navalised version of the famous Spitfire

The Supermarine Seafire was a navalised version of the famous Spitfire adapted for use on aircraft carriers. 2646 Seafires were… Read More

4 months ago

Boyington Shot Down and the story of the Zero-sen Pilot who claimed to have Shot Down his Corsair that sold its wares at Airshows next to Pappy’s Stall

Maj Greg “Pappy” Boyington was shot down on Jan. 3, 1944 near Rabaul in circumstances which continue to be misrepresented.… Read More

10 months ago

Fox Four Uncle: The Legendary F4U Corsair was Plagued by Troubles as a carrier aircraft but became the Primary USMC Fighter during WW II

The Navy solved the F4U Corsair problems by giving them to the Marines. On May 29, 1940, the prototype XF4U-1… Read More

2 years ago

The F4U Division lost off Hawaii and the story of how the iconic Vought Corsair got the Nickname “Ensign Eliminator”

The "ensign eliminator" moniker came about after the first Vought F4U Corsair squadron, VF-12 got its birds in October 1942.… Read More

2 years ago

The ‘Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre’ debacle: The first Corsair combat proved a fiasco with nine American aircraft being lost for a single Zero-sen shot down

Whilst the F4U Corsair eventually proved to be a superior fighter in Pacific operations, its introduction into combat in this… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the mission where VMF-214 Black Sheep CO Gregory “Pappy” Boyington shot down 5 Japanese fighters and became “ace in a day”

It was in the second week of September 1943 that everything started to go well for VMF-214 Black Sheep CO… Read More

2 years ago

The “accidental” arrival of the legendary F4U Corsair in the South Pacific and the story of Ken Walsh, the first man to become a “Corsair ace”

The aircraft F4U Corsair was developed by the US Navy as a carrier-based fighter, but with no immediate plan for… Read More

2 years ago

Corsair Vs Yak-9: how two F4Us shot down four Yak fighters and scored USMC first aerial kills of the Korean War

It had taken less than ten minutes to destroy three Yaks and seriously damage a fourth. In fact the wreckage… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s how the Royal Navy fixed the F4U shortcomings for which the US Navy deemed the Corsair unsuitable for aircraft carrier operations

Several issues plagued the airframe and delayed introduction to carrier service, leaving it to Marine land-based squadrons to introduce the… Read More

4 years ago

Rare Colored Video Shows F7U Jets in action aboard USS Hancock (along with the Infamous Cutlass Ramp Strike Accident)

Taken in 1955 the cool video in this post is an 8mm home movie film footage showing the US Navy F7U Cutlass… Read More

4 years ago

Flying the Seafire: a comparison with the Vought F4U Corsair and Hawker Sea Fury

"We had several interesting dogfights with the much larger and more powerful F4U Corsair. In turning dogfights, the Corsairs were… Read More

4 years ago

The story of Thomas Hudner, the US Navy F4U Pilot, MOH Recipient who Crashed His Corsair On Purpose To Get To His Downed Wingman

As the other Corsairs concentrated on keeping the enemy troops away from the downed aircraft, Hudner decided that he would… Read More

4 years ago

Pappy Boyington’s F4U Corsair “Lulubelle” and the Nose Art that Never was

Dozens of artists, model makers, die-cast companies, and custom decal printers issued innumerable renditions of Boyington's F4U. But Lulubelle was… Read More

5 years ago

F4U Vs MiG-15: the story of how the WWII Corsair became a MiG Killer

"When his parachute opened, I could see his "G" suit burning from head to foot. I glanced down and saw… Read More

6 years ago