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F4U-4 Corsair

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by WS-1, Jun 15, 2012.

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  1. WS-1

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    Just one of the many reasons why I'm proud to be an American.
     
  2. slide action

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    Absolutely Gorgeous!!!!!
     
  3. Slugo

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    OUTSTANDING!!!
     
  4. halfmile

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    The rotary (oops, I mean Radial) motors a fabulous. Sunday morning if you shoot at Ben Avery the Confederate Air Force guys come out and play a lot of the time. the ground shakes when they pass over slowly at low altitude.

    The Corsair had enough motor to turn a huge prop, the wings were bent to raise the plane for clearance. The landing gear then didn't have to be too long. (At least that's what an old Navy guy told me)

    HM
     
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    Our squadron had Douglas AD-5 Skyraiders. Proud to be an American.
     
  6. shot410ga

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    Whispering Death. The Japanese designation for the Corsair.
     
  7. Loyac

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    Beautiful aircraft.
     
  8. ljutic231

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    #29 looks like it was put together with scraps, but still flying
     
  9. R.Kipling

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    Man, did you strike a nerve with this post. When I was just a lad, I lived about 5 miles from the Goodyear Hanger where they built the last of the F4's. They would build a bunch and then spend a day or two in test flights.

    All it took was the reverberating sounds of those R-2800 radial engines to get me on my bike and flying low toward the hillside at the end of 07. The F4 Corsair was the call of the Siren that hooked me into an aviation career. One that my wife says made me truly unreliable.

    To her credit, or dismay depending on how you look at it, she's still with me and now suffering with immense pride that a granddaughter, and grandson are both soon-to-be newly minted Nuggets, following the same sky-trail.

    Kip
     
  10. Terry_Maiden

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    The only conventional fighter aircraft to successfully dogfight with Russian MIG jet fighters, during the Korean conflict!
     
  11. G550

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    In 1965/66 two Mig 17's were shot down by Navy AD's (Skyraider) in North Vietnam. The first was a shared kill by two AD's. I really wanted to fly the Air Force A-1 but in 69 I was a little late to the show. They were slowing the training pipeline in preparation for the A-7 Corsair II.

    Roger
     
  12. Brian in Oregon

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    #29 may look like it was put together with scraps, but in reality the harsh tropical sun on the dark blue paint, plus the crushed abrasive coral and sand on many landing strips, wore the paint badly.
     
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    #29 also looks like it has 16 kills to it's credit.

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    "The only conventional fighter aircraft to successfully dogfight with Russian MIG jet fighters, during the Korean conflict!"

    Impressive, but not the only one, the Hawker Sea Fury is also in this catagory;

    "When the Korean War broke out in 1950, the Sea Fury was the Fleet Air Arm's leading single-seat fighter, and it fought with great distinction during the conflict. Sea Fury squadrons involved in Korea were 802 Squadron (HMS Ocean), 807 Squadron (HMS Theseus), 801 and 804 Squadrons (HMS Glory) and 805 and 808 Squadrons (HMAS Sydney). The aircraft were mainly used in the ground attack role armed with bombs and rockets, but they were also engaged in air-to-air combat with the much faster MiG-15. On 9 August 1952 a Flight of Sea Furies from 802 Squadron flown by Lieutenants Carmichael and Davis, and Sub-Lieutenants Haines and Ellis, were on an armed reconnaissance flight in an area just North of Chinimpo when they were attacked by eight enemy MiG-15s. Despite the enemy's superiority in numbers and a 200 mph speed advantage, the Sea Fury pilots shot down one MiG and badly damaged two others without incurring any damage to their own aircraft."

    Source: http://www.royalnavyhistoricflight.org.uk/aircraft/seafury.htm
     
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    There was nothing more deadly than a Marine and his Corsair!
     
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    usually wings have dihedral for landing clearance, but more important stability on the longitudinal axis. (roll)
     
  17. slide action

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    Then Major "Pappy" Boyinton won His Medal of Honor flying one of these. His "Black Sheep" Squadron was made famous by their combat record in the Pacific during WW2.
     
  18. Brian in Oregon

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    BTW, #29 was piloted by Ira Kepford, who finished the war with 16 kills and 1 unconfirmed.


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    Ira Cassius Kepford was born on 29 May 1919 in Harvey, Illinois, son of George Raymond and Emma McLaughlin Kepford. He was a star halfback at North-western University, where he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1941. He was honorably discharged from the Reserve on 29 April 1942, and accepted an appointment as a Naval Aviation Cadet.

    Kepford earned his wings at Corpus Christi, Texas and Miami, Florida on 5 November 1942, and was assigned to Fighting-17 the following January.
    In the Battle of the Solomon Sea, Kepford pressed through blistering AAA fire from the Bunker Hill to down four enemy aircraft and damage a fifth, for which he was awarded the Navy Cross.

    On 29 January, Kepford led his wingman in an attack on 12 Japanese fighters over Rabaul; he scored four kills, and was awarded a Gold Star, for this action.

    While returning to base on 19 February 1944, Kepford spotted a low Japanese seaplane. Although he was alone (his wingman was forced to abort earlier, and Kepford was retained to cover bombers on-route to Rabaul), Kepford dived down and flamed the plane. He was then attacked by a flight of three Zekes, which dived onto him with a massive altitude advantage. Kepford took full advantage of the newly-installed water injection WEP to stretch out the chase, but the Zekes' energy advantage allowed them to slowly narrow the gap. As the lead Zeke opened fire, Kepford decided to "go for broke." He dropped his flaps and landing gear and nosed down until he was skimming the waves; as the Zeke roared over him, he pulled his Hog's nose up and opened fire. The Zeke's stabilizer crumpled under the snapshot, and the plane crashed into the waves. As Kepford pulled in his gear and flaps, the remaining two Zekes bracketed him . . . he was facing 2-to-1 odds, low and slow, and he was heading back in the direction of Rabaul. Kepford ran his throttle as far open as possible, and after gaining some speed he cut across the path of the port Zeke. The Japanese plane dropped to wave top level, opened fire, and sharply turned to fall onto his six . . . at which point the Zeke's left wing caught a wave top, and the plane cart wheeled across the ocean surface, disintegrated, and sank. The third Zeke was left behind as Kepford dashed for home, landing on fumes in his fuel tank.

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    Ira Cassius Kepford is well known as the US Navy's most successful Corsair pilot with a total of 16 confirmed air to air victories. He is depicted here at the beginning of his illustrious career in The Battle of the Solomon Sea. In this battle he shot down a Japanese "Kate" torpedo bomber a mere 1000 yards from the carrier Bunker Hill just fractions of a second before the enemy bomber could release it's deadly load. Simultaneously a Japanese Zero was attempting to remove Ira from action but was eliminated by a Navy Hellcat. Although low on fuel Ira continued through the intense anti-aircraft fire from the Bunker Hill and it's escorts and went on to shoot down 3 more Japanese aircraft within minutes before running out of ammunition. For this day's actions he was awarded the Navy Cross. Ira Kepford is shown here in the VF17 - "Jolly Rogers" Colors flying his Vought F4U
     
  19. Don Steele

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    Thanks for sharing. I love seeing pics. and stories about the Corsair's in action. The Uncle I was named for was a Marine Corps pilot. Uncle Donald flew a Corsair in the Pacific. He didn't come home. I've always felt a special connection to the Corsair and enjoy a special feeling putting my hands on one at air shows, etc.
     
  20. birdogs

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    Brian,

    That was when the US was warlike and belicose. Now, everything is different. We will change our national anthem to "I'd like to teach the world to sing" and no longer build such instruments of death and destruction. We will convert NASA to a Muslim outreach organization. We will only be exceptional in that we will invite other countries to step all over us and pay them to do so - with money we borrow from China and cannot repay.

    We would never again build such aircraft. They make it an munfair fight and we sould never want to be unfair.
     
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