Hobby Master HA8203 USMC Chance-Vought F4U-1 Corsair Fighter - "Marine's Dream", VMF-214 "Black Sheep", 1st Lt. Edwin L. Olander, October 1943 (1:48 Scale)
"Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror."
- Greg "Pappy" Boyington
Its gull-wing shape made it instantly recognizable. Its characteristic sound while in an attack dive led the Japanese to call it "The Whistling Death." Combined with its high speed, agility and toughness, the Vought F4U Corsair was one of the finest fighters ever built. Originally thought to be too powerful to fly from a carrier, the Corsair weaved a path of destruction in battle after battle during WWII, totally outclassing the much-feared Zero. The last of the great piston-engine fighters, the Corsair went on to become an important component of the US naval air power during the Korean War. Even while it was being replaced by jet aircraft, pilots flying this tough warbird were credited with downing a few MiG-15 jet fighters.
Pictured here is a 1:48 scale replica of a Corsair that was piloted by USMC Chance-Vought F4U-1 Corsair Fighter that was piloted by 1st Lt. Edwin L. Olander, who was attached to VMF-214 during October 1943. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 10 inches
Length: 8-1/4 inches
Release Date: July 2012
Historical Account: "Civilian Soldier" - Olander was a big fan of Greg "Pappy" Boyington and respected his inspirational leadership. On October 17th, 1943, Olander was chasing a Zero that had another Corsair right behind it. Unable to get a clear shot without risking hitting the friendly, Olander held his fire. When he reported this at base, Boyington chewed him out; he had been in the other Corsair, and wanted Olander to fire at the enemy regardless of the risk to himself. This reinforced Olander's dedication to Boyington's leadership. Perhaps he redeemed himself a little bit by shooting down a Zero the next day.
Olander also experienced the hazards of poor leadership on December 28th, when his division leader, J.C. Dustin, led his four planes into a gaggle of Zeros. The Japanese had the advantages of numbers, a sunward position, and altitude. But Dustin led his planes in speed-killing climb, right into the enemy's gunfire. Dustin and Red Bartl were killed, while Olander and Bruce Matheson escaped with heavily damaged airplanes. As Olander twisted away, one of the pursuing Zeros overran him, and he brought it down into the water.