From the Sun N Fun Facebook page! Two Corsairs will be onsite and maybe more.
In addition to all the sundry warbirds that arrive each year to SUN ‘n FUN, this year we’re featuring two B-17s, a P-63… and now we celebrate #WarbirdWednesday by adding the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing’s Corsair to the list of warbirds scheduled to attend #SNF18!
The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was a carrier-capable fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought’s manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear and Brewster: Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A.
The Corsair served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, Fleet Air Arm, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force, as well as the French Navy Aéronavale and other, smaller, air forces until the 1960s. It quickly became the most capable carrier-based fighter-bomber 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 it.
The CAF’s FG-1D “530” is one of the original airframes that launched the Commemorative Air Force. This airplane is not only historically significant, but it is thoroughly engrained in the CAF’s heritage and has been one of the busiest aircraft in the history of the CAF’s stable.