Corsair - Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, G-FGID

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The Fighter Collection's Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, G-FGID, flying a practice display at her Imperial War Museum, Duxford base.

When the Chance Vought FG-1D Corsair was introduced in 1940 it boasted the most powerful engine along with the largest diameter propeller of any fighter aircraft in history. The result of this engine and propeller combination was the first fighter to exceed 400mph. Corsairs were built right up until 1952, giving the type the honour of having the longest production run of any American piston-engined fighter.

The first service engagement for the Corsair was with the US Marine Corps operating from makeshift land bases across the Pacific. It was not until later that she was operated from aircraft carriers, initially with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. The Corsair proved to be a formidable air superiority fighter during World War II, when she was the scourge of the skies across the Pacific and continued to deliver sterling service in later years, during the Korean War.

This Corsair was built under licence by the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation at their facility in Akron, Ohio and allocated build number 88297. She was accepted by the US Navy on 9th April 1945 and delivered two days later. She was initially dispatched to Guam in the Pacific, being allocated to Aircraft Pool Airwing 2. She went to a Repair Depot in the Philippines, possibly Samar, for repairs in October 1945 and was then returned to USA. She then spent a number of years being allocated to various US Naval Air Reserve squadrons, as well as varying periods of storag,e until she was eventually put up for disposal in March 1956 with a total of 1652 flying hours on the airframe. Purchased by ALU-MET Smelters in January 1959 she languished in their yard until being rescued a year later by legendary stunt-pilot Frank Tallman. In his book The Great Planes, Frank Tallman calls her his all-time favourite aircraft.

Frank Tallman parted with the Corsair in 1966, and she passed through a number of other civilian owners until joining The Fighter Collection fleet in 1986.

This Corsair is an extremely original example of the type as she has never been restored and has the distinction of being one of the few still flying with fabric wings.

She is painted in the colours of a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm machine, KD345 of 1850 Squadron as seen during December 1945, whilst embarked on HMS Vengeance as part of the Royal Navy Pacific Fleet.

Maximum Take Off Weight: 5670kg
Year Built: 1945
Engine: 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8
Propeller: Hamilton Standard 23E50-495-6501A-0

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