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 the VMF 312 Squadron.
Wingspan: 6.5 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: March 2006
Historical Account: "Fights On" - Marine Fighting Squadron 312 (VMF-312), was commissioned at Page Field, Parris Island, South Carolina on June 1st, 1943. Most of the original officers of the 312 were brought over from VMF-311 or Headquarters Squadron 31, which was based at Cherry Point, North Carolina. The first aircraft flown by VMF-312 was the SNJ-4 Texan, but by the end of August, the squadron had transitioned to the Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair and received a large influx of pilots fresh from Pre-Operational training. VMF-312 is still active today as VMFA-312.