Corgi AA33007 US Navy Chance-Vought F4U-1A Corsair Fighter - Ensign Frederick Streig, VF17, Rabaul, January 1944 (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 recognizeable. 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.
This particular 1:72 scale Corsair was flown by Ensign Frederick Streig of VF17 then attacking the Japanese stronghold at Rabaul during January 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 7 inches
Historical Account: This F4U depicted after the last of Frederick Streig's tally was scored, 2.5 Zekes claimed over Rabaul on January 27th, 1944. It is unusual in that it retains the red surround to the national insignia, a color that only appeared with the addition of white bars on June 28th, 1943, with the surround disappearing on July 31st due to possible confusion with the Japanese Hinomaru.