Aeroplane meets... Ramon Josa

This legendary French naval aviator knew the F4U Corsair well when he started flying one as a warbird — he’d begun his service career on the ‘bent-winged’ fighter

For many warbird pilots, the chance to experience types they might once have dreamed of flying of the attraction. It may even go so far as to fulfill a lifelong personal ambition. But for a few - increasingly few - it allows them to renew an association with a much-loved mount, to rekindle memories of operational days gone by. What is ever more unlikely, as the years go on, is for any of them to have flown that aeroplane at war, and especially one of the great piston-engined combat aircraft.

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