If there's one plane that really tickles my pickle, it's the Vought F4U Corsair!
That distinctive wing shape is just 👌
The Corsair was the only World War II operational fighter that continued in production after the war ended. While production of Grumman F6Fs ceased, Corsair production continued into the 1950s as F4Us remained in Navy and Marine service, primarily in the ground-attack role.
The Navy also used Corsairs in the night-fighter role, and Navy Lieutenant Guy Bordelon achieved ace status by shooting down five enemy planes, making him the only Navy ace of the Korean War as well as the only ace of the war to make all of his kills in a propeller airplane.
He was most likely the last propeller ace in history.
One Corsair pilot was credited with bringing down a Japanese plane by chopping off its tail with his propeller.
Marine Lieutenant R.R. Klingman was attempting to intercept a twin-engine Japanese bomber at high altitude off Okinawa when his guns iced up due to the extreme cold and would not fire. Not willing to let the enemy plane escape and perhaps dive into the side of a ship, Klingman pulled up behind the bomber and let his propeller eat into its tail.
The tail came off, and the bomber spun to earth out of control. Although he lost five inches of his propeller, Klingman managed to land safely and was awarded the Navy Cross for the mission.
It was not the first time a Corsair brought down an enemy plane by direct contact.
The first Japanese plane brought down by a Corsair was the result of a midair collision.
Corsairs continued in military service with several countries through the 1950s and 1960s, although the U.S. Navy retired the type after the Korean War. French Corsairs flew in Indochina and Algeria.
The last combat use of Corsairs was in 1969 during a conflict between El Salvador and Honduras, both of which operated the type.
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