Corsair F4U-5NL, F-AZEG
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 to 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, and it was not until later that she was operated from aircraft carriers initially with the British 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 one was built in 1951 and delivered to the US Navy.
It served in the VC-3.
Stored in Arizona in 1953 and withdrawn from service in March 1956, it then served from 1956 to 1978 in Honduras.
It was sold on the civilian market in 1979 and acquired by Jean Salis in 1986.
Operator: Jean Salis Manufacturing date: 1951 Serial number: BuNo 124724 Livery: USN/12472/P-22 (VC-3)