Flight Adventure: The Chance-Vought F4U Corsair

The Chance-Vought F4U Corsair

In this flight adventure, we explore one of the more cleverly designed and spectacular-looking American fighter-bomber aircraft of World War Two – the Chance-Vought F4U Corsair.

A very distinctive, distinguished and successful classic aircraft.
A very distinctive, distinguished and successful classic aircraft. Peter Stark

All at sea

As early as World War One, the British developed an aircraft carrier as we now know them with cleared flat decks. Soon after, the United States and Japan built similar vessels from scratch and the unstable times of the late 1930s led to a busy period to develop aircraft that were suited to the maritime environment, and of course, this included fighters. The benefit of aircraft carriers was highlighted to devastating effect by the attack on Pearl Harbor. For the first time, ships enabled squadrons of aircraft to penetrate deeper into another’s territory and then retreat to a safe distance.

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