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F4U-1A USA VF-17 4 by WS-Clave F4U-1A USA VF-17 4 by WS-Clave
The Chance-Vought F-4U Corsair was developed as a high speed fighter based around the most powerful engine available at the time, the Double Wasp 18 cylinder radial. The engine developed 2,000 hp and made the Corsair a 400 mph+ fighter. But there were a number of teething troubles and modifications needed before it would be acceptable for combat to the US Navy and Marine Corps. It was these issues that caused the Corsair to actually enter service for the first time with the British, rather than the US Navy, but by 1943 it was proving to be a successful fighter, and went on to perform in various roles including ground attack, well after WW2. It was employed by the USA, Great Britain, New Zealand, Argentina, Honduras, France, and El Salvador.

The Corsair was armed with 6 x 12.7mm machine guns, and later versions had provision for rockets and bombs.

This example is an F4U-1A of VF-17 US Navy, circa 1943.
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panzerhuy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Whistling Death, wasn't it called?
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Vlados7 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Super!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Thank you :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Professional
wonderful work
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Thanks! :)
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