FG-1D Corsair

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The WHF FG-1D Corsair BuNo 92050 as it looked during it's military career in the United States Navy.
Photo Courtesy of Jack Cook, taken at NAAF Salem, OR ~ 1957

Military History


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The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was a carrier-capable fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. During World War II, demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought's manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear and Brewster: Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A. From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured by Vought, in 16 separate models, in the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history (1942-1953).

The Corsair served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, Fleet Air Arm and the Royal New Zealand Air Force, as well as the French Navy and other, smaller, air forces until the 1960s. It quickly became the most capable carrier-based fighter-bomber of World War II. Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II. The U.S. Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio with the F4U Corsair. As well as being an outstanding fighter, the Corsair proved to be an excellent fighter-bomber, serving almost exclusively in the latter role throughout the Korean War and during the French colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria.

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FG-1D - Constr #: 3311 - BuNo: 92050 (U.S. Navy)

The known history of this aircraft is listed below.

Date Squadron Squadron Name Location
1945 May 12 Acceptance   Akron, OH
1945 May 14 Delivered   NAF Columbus, OH
1945 May 22     NAS San Diego, CA - (Start of Tour 1)
1945 Jun 26 Pool - CASU   F-20   NAS San Diego, CA
1945 Aug 10 Pool - CASU   F-35   NAS San Diego, CA
1945 Sep 10 Sitkoh Bay   NAS San Diego, CA
1945 Sep 14 Pool - CASU   F-12   NAS San Diego, CA
1945 Dec 27     NAS San Diego, CA
1946 May 29 NARTU   NAS Seattle, WA
1947 Nov 15     NAS Jacksonville, FL
1947 Dec 2     NAS Jacksonville, FL - Overhaul
1947 Dec 10 Pool - A & R   NAS Jacksonville, FL
1948 May 10 NARTU   NAS Minneapolis, MN - (Start of Tour 2)
1949 Oct 4 A & T     O & R   NAS Jacksonville, FL
1950 Jan 18     NAS Jacksonville, FL - Overhaul
1950 Feb 16 NARTU   NAS Seattle, WA - (Start of Tour 3)
1951 Oct 28     NAS Jacksonville, FL
1952 Mar 4     NAS Jacksonville, FL - Overhaul
1952 Mar 12 O & R   NAS Jacksonville, FL
1952 Mar 21 A & T   NAS San Diego, CA - (Start of Tour 4)
1952 Mar 25 FASRON  691   NAS San Diego, CA
1952 Dec 2 MTG-10 Pac El Toro Pool FFA MCAS El Toro, CA
1952 Dec 4 VMFT-10   MCAS El Toro, CA
1952 Dec 24 VMAT-10   MCAS El Toro, CA
1953 Apr 10 NART   NAS Gross Ile, MI
1953 Jul 10 CNART   NAS Dallas, TX
1954 May 20 NART   NAS Seattle, WA
        NAAF Salem, OR (Seattle Auxiliary Field)
1954 May 31 Status Change from A4 to P Ground Instructional
Purposes
 
1954 Sep 9 Stricken from Inventory
Code 2 - Depr
Hrs Flown:    1,491.7  

Date Squadron Squadron Name Location
1960 Oct 28     Ferry Flight (3 hops) to
         Longmont, CO (Civilian)
         Arrival:  1960 Nov 10
196?     Private Ownership - ????
         Jim Colbern
1963     Private Ownership - LaPorte, IN
         Aero Enterprises, Inc.
         Registered as N6604C
1963     Private Ownership - Broomfield, CO
         Robert Mitchum
1969              Registered as N194G
1970     Private Ownership - Broomfield, CO
         Aero, Inc.
         Modified as Air Racer
1977 Jan 12     Private Ownership - Denver, CO
         James R. Axtell
         Placed in Storage
1999     On Loan:
         Wings Over The Rockies Museum
         Lowry AFB, Denver, CO
2012 Dec     Private Ownership - Lake Forest, IL
         Corsair Historic Military Aircraft, LLC.
                 Maintained and Operated by Warbird
                 Heritage Foundation under a Bailment
                 Agreement
         Began Restoration to Original Config
         and Airworthy Condition
         Estimated 3 - 5 year Project