CORSAIR ALLEY

Here are some aviation profiles for Corsair enthusiasts….

Most of the Corsairs used during World War Two mounted six .50 Caliber Browning M2 Machineguns, but this is a rendering of a rare Marine Corps Vought F4U-1C version, of which only 400 were made, which mounted four long-barrel 20mm Cannon, instead.  Corsairs mounting four 20mm’s didn’t become standard until much later.  The first print of this rendering is owned by the Marine who originally flew this F4U-1C,  Capt. S. J. “Nick” Nickele, USMCR, who flew with VFM-422 in close air support against Imperial Japanese forces during the invasion of Okinawa.

Because of the horrific results of Japanese Kamikazee suicide attacks, the US Navy wanted to develop some kind of interceptor that could catch up with these inbound Japanses attackers, and destroy them before they could strike their intended targets, so the Navy had Goodyear come up with this, the F2G Super Corsair.   The rendering below depicts the Marine Corps version of this incredible aircraft.

Once Vought,  the original manufacturer of the Corsair, moved from Connecticut to Texas, in the most massive defense contractor move in history, up until that time, they began to build these updated Corsairs, which were used by the USMC in Close Air Support, to protect Marine ground forces, who were outnumbered 10 to 1, in the rugged, frozen Korean terrain.

Many, many Marine Corps “Ground Pounders,”  or “Mud Marines,” as they’ve been known to call themselves, owed their very survival to the concentrated use of these Corsairs in the Close Air Support role,  in extremely dangerous missions, often carried out in ghastly winter weather.

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