Lagniappe is gone now, but his memory lives on.
Can you squeeze in a passenger? I would SO beg for a ride in a Corsair...
The business next door (Westpac Restorations) has a beautiful Corsair. I love it when they fire her up, the heavy smell of oil and a deep bass note from each cylinder firing. There is nothing quite like that giant radial coming to life. A spiffy Mustang pulled in yesterday too. I'll have to have the camera ready next time.G
Sweet Birds! Merle has one of those down in Louisiana!
If you ever win the PowerBall, you're gonna need a HUGE hangar...
Although I know there were better performing craft in WWII, that distinctive wing shape is very cool looking.You get one and I'll help you work on it.
Better performing? Blasphemy!
I love this bird. This and the P-51 are soooo good looking. Just read about the F4U and found out that the -1A model had a top speed of 417mph, and a range of 1,015 miles. Service ceiling was 36,900ft. Ted Williams was a Corsair flight instructor for the Marines during WWII.
Nothing like the old war birds
http://www.amazon.com/Whistling-Death-Pilots-Story-Corsair/dp/0887407323/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364589912&sr=8-1&keywords=whistling+deathExcellent account of the development of the bird by one of the first to fly her.
@ Twodogs: I reviewed that book here May 6, 2012. It's excellent, isn't it?
It might have been your review that prompted me to buy it. In any event, it's a stirring acccount of a time when men were men and balls were big.