CORSAIR F4U-5 – D-FCOR
The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was designed to achieve a maximum speed with minimum drag.
Walking around it, you will notice how this was accomplished at perfection. Not a rivet, not a footstep or handle sticks out! The aluminium skin is perfectly smooth and all lines are ideally conceived to improve the aerodynamic qualities of this remarkable aircraft. With its 2,100 HP engine, and a cruising speed of 430 km/h, its characteristic inverted gull wing shape and its folding wings, the Corsair can’t be mistaken. The pilots describe the sound of the engine simply and poignantly: brutish but harmonic!
The Flying Legend’s Corsair was built in 1950 as serial #124541
It flew with “VMF513” over Korea. The “VMF513” is one of the most famous operational units of the U.S. Marines and was nicknamed “Flying Nightmares” at the time.
After around 25 years in an Argentinian museum, the aircraft was sold in Argentina in 1991 and then taken to Le Castellet in France in 1994. There, the Corsair was rebuilt over many years of painstaking work. As part of this restoration, the F4U-5 was converted to the F4U-7 series to represent an aircraft of the Aéronavale (the French Navy). The F4U-7 F-AZYS was flown by Ramon Josa, who was a Corsair pilot with Aéronavale during his active service. In keeping with the -7 series, the Corsair was also given a matching serial number, #133704. The F-AZYS was a welcome guest at various airshows and was very well known.
In December 2009, MaxAlpha Aviation GmbH acquired the F-AZYS and the aircraft was transferred to its new home airport in Bremgarten (EDTG) on December 2nd by the aforementioned Ramon Josa. In 2010, the F-AZYS was flown intensively and was also a guest at the “Flying Legends” airshow in Duxford, now with the nose art “Cielito”. After finding out the unique history of this special Corsair, the original condition of the -5 series was restored by MeierMotors and finally painted in its original colors. It was then given the registration D-FCOR, which it still bears today.
In November 2023, Flying Legends GmbH acquired the Corsair. Since then, the D-FCOR has been stationed at Siegerland Airport and is part of the Flying Legends collection.
Aircraft type: Fighter Operator: Flying Legends Pilot: Georg Raab Manufacturing date: 1950 Serial number: 1945 Livery: 124541