F-4U Corsair Demo
The Ford Lauderdale Air Show presented by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau will feature an F-4U Corsair demo by Jim Tobul in the “Korean War Hero” showcasing the incredible maneuverability and that unmistakeable sound that made this World War II and Korean War era Navy and Marine fighter a legend in its time.... View Article
The Ford Lauderdale Air Show presented by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau will feature an F-4U Corsair demo by Jim Tobul in the “Korean War Hero” showcasing the incredible maneuverability and that unmistakeable sound that made this World War II and Korean War era Navy and Marine fighter a legend in its time.
The Vought F4U Corsair was designed originally as a carrier-based fighter that saw service primarily during World War II and the Korean War. Soon after it went into service, demand for the aircraft overwhelmed Vought’s manufacturing capability, resulting in Goodyear and Brewster building the aircraft. In all 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured in 16 separate models from 1942 to 1953, the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history.
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Although not the intended use, the Corsair came to prominence in land-based deployment by the U.S. Marines. Due to logistics issues and initial problems with carrier landings the Grumman F6F Hellcat took on the role of the dominant U.S. carrier based fighter aircraft. In addition to its use by the U.S. and British, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, French Naval Aviation and other, smaller, air forces utilized the Corsair through the 1960s.
When the Corsair finally entered service in large numbers with the U.S. Navy in late 1944 and early 1945, it quickly became one of the most capable carrier-based fighter-bombers of World War II. Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II and the U.S. Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio with the F4U Corsair. The Corsair served almost exclusively as a fighter-bomber throughout the Korean War and during the French colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria.
After World War II and the Korean War, some Corsairs were converted for civilian use, preserved and flown as historic warbird aircraft at airshows like the Ford Lauderdale Air Show. For the latest updates on the demonstration of the F-4U Corsair “Korean War Hero” flown by Jim Tobul please click ‘Like’ below to follow our Facebook page