The “Gull Wings” are a dead giveaway to the identity of my favorite World War II plane, the Corsair. F4U Corsair entered combat late in the war but it was a devastating plane. After some significant training, pilots learned to land this plane on aircraft carriers and the Corsair was assigned to the Navy. With a top speed of over 400 mph and better maneuverability than Japan’s fabled Zero, the Corsair dominated the skies over the Pacific during the final phases of the war. The plane pictured above is actually an F2G “Super Corsair”. I believe these planes saw very little combat duty since production began in the last six months of World War II and the end of the war signaled the beginning of the jet age. After the War These planes and the legendary P51 Mustangs were very popular civilian racing planes.
This particular plane still flies and is currently located in Bentonville, AR. The owner also has a P51 Mustang and a British Spitfire, but the Corsair will always be my favorite.