Dragon DRW50137 USMC Chance-Vought F4U-1A Corsair Fighter - Lt. Daniel G. Cunningham, "White 15", VF-17 "Jolly Rogers", Ondonga, November 1943 (1:72 Scale)
"Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII
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 1:72 scale replica of a USMC F-4U-1D Corsair fighter attached to VF-17, "The Wolf Gang" embarked upon the USS Ondonga and piloted by Lt. Daniel G. Cunningham. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 6.5 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: November 2006
Historical Account: "White 15" - US Navy Fighting Squadron VF-17, was formed in Norfolk, Virginia, on January 1st, 1943. VF-17 was selected to fly the new gull-winged Vought Corsair F-4U-1 fighter with the 'Jolly Roger' insignia representing their squad. With its twelve aces, VF-17 was one of the most successful naval squadrons in WWII. One ace from VF-17 was Lt. Daniel G. Cunningham, who achieved seven kills in the Pacific theater. His aircraft, 'White 15', is the subject of Dragon Warbirds' latest incarnation of the F4U-1A.