Korean veteran Corsair christened ‘Devotion’

The Siegerland, Germany-based Flying Legends collection has named its Korean War veteran Chance-Vought F4U-5NL Corsair after Adam Makos’ 2015 book Devotion.

The book, which spawned a 2022 film of the same name, documents the selfless actions of LT JG Thomas Hudner. On December 4, 1950, Hudner deliberately crash-landed his Corsair close to his downed wingman and friend, Ens Jesse Brown, in a bid to save him during the Korean War. The airmen were serving with the US Navy’s VF-32 from the carrier USS Leyte. Brown, the USN’s first African-American aviator, sadly succumbed to his injuries.

Acquired by the collection last year, the 1950-built Corsair served both the US and Argentine Navy and is currently registered D-FCOR.

Georg Rabb flying Corsair ‘Devotion’ on March 13
Georg Rabb flying Corsair ‘Devotion’ on March 13 Darren Harbar