Goodyear/Chance-Vought FG-1D Corsair

@ Salinas Municipal Airport, Salinas, CA

September 2008

One of my early photos of a Corsair using a DSLR, taken during the annual California International Airshow.  The gull-wing design of the F4U Corsair makes the aircraft one of the most distinctive fighters of World War II.  First flown on May 29, 1940, it was the first single-engine fighter able to exceed 400 mph in level flight.  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.  This example has been modified with a rear jump seat with corresponding windows to look out of.   Nikon D70 w/35-70 mm, processed with Aperture.

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