one of the most distinctive designs ever employed
by a fighter aircraft, the Vought F4U-5NL Corsair
lives as one of the most famous fighters built
during WWII. Its gull-wing design to allow the
propeller to rotate without hitting the ground
made it an icon for a generation of plane "buffs"
who knew the stories of such groups as the "Black
Sheep Squadron" who utilized the F4U-5NL. Used
in Korea as a carrier-based fighter and night
fighter, the Corsair showed it technologically
advanced features to survive in an era where
propeller-driven fighters were being replaced
F4U-5NL-5NL Corsair owned by the Collings Foundation
is one of these Korean warriors. It was restored by American
Aero Services in New Smyrna Beach, FL. It was completed in the fall of 2003, and is currently available for airshows.