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-84, "The Wolf Gang" embarked upon the USS Bunker Hill. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 6.5 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: June 2006
Historical Account: "The Wolf Gang" - During 1944, there were actually two "Jolly Rogers" squadrons in the US Navy. While VF-17 remained as the official "Jolly Rogers," another squadron with the same name entered the Pacific theatre as well. Created by former VF-17 members who were transferred to this new squadron after their first tour, Fighting 84 was officially named "The Wolf Gang." However, because so many members of Fighting 84 were ex-Fighting 17 members, the group came to see themselves as the true "Jolly Rogers." Indeed, there was an official attempt made to secure the "Jolly Rogers" name, given that the original VF-17 had been disestablished at that time. However, the Navy had re-commissioned VF-17 shortly before Hedrick's attempt, and so the request was denied.
Ironically, ten years after Fighting 84's disestablishment in 1945, another Fighting 84 would be formed which would adopt the official "Jolly Rogers" name 4 years after their formation. This squadron would go on to adorn their aircraft with the skull-&-crossbones for nearly forty years.