Executive Series F4U-1 CORSAIR USMC 1/26 scale
This high quality replica is handcrafted from mahogany and comes with a wooden base. Length is 15" and wingspan is 17 1/2".
About this Model:
Your model will be delivered exactly as shown in the photographs with the exact same paint scheme. The stand shown in this photograph may vary or change with the model you receive. If you would like to change this model in any other way, please visit the Custom Model section of our website to commission a customized model to be built.
History of the Vought F4U:
The Corsair was one of the great fighter-bombers of World War II and Korea, and remained in production longer than any other piston-engine fighter in U.S. history. Its distinctive inverted gull-wing profile and long nose made it one of the most distinctive piston aircraft ever built, and able to reach speed approaching 450 mph, one of the fastest. Development of the Corsair began in 1938, with the first flight of the XF4U-1 on May 29, 1940. It used the largest piston-engine available at the time, the 18-cylinder, 2,000-horsepower Double Wasp radial coupled to a 13-foot diameter propeller. The distinctive wing design came about from the need for long underwing struts to allow clearance for the large prop. Armed with six .50-caliber machine guns and able to carry rockets or 2,000 pounds of bombs, the Corsair was a formidable weapons system. However, the Corsair faced a number of teething problems that slowed its introduction to the fleet. Its long nose presented visibility problems on landing, and the inverted gull-wing presented problems in spin recovery. Marine squadrons, not as concerned about carrier suitability, took to the powerful fighter. By 1944, the Corsair had once again been introduced to carrier service. Corsairs were flown by the famous "Black Sheep" Squadron (VMF-214, led by Marine Maj. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington) in an area of the Solomon Islands called "The Slot". Boyington was credited with 22 kills in F4Us (of 28 total, including six in a Flying Tigers P-40 Warhawk. In Korea, the Corsair served as a fighter-bomber, including as a night fighter. Corsairs served in the air forces of many nations, and flew its last combat sortie in 1969, in the Football War of 1969 between Honduras and El Salvador.