I just read that too! That is the best buried treasure ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought spits were all aluminum and it was the hurricanes that were wood and fabric.The Spitfires had fabric covered wings and a lot of wood was used in building them due to the shortage of Aluminum.
Hey, they got funky wings like a Stuka! I like them.What an awesome discovery. There are so few of those great WW2 aircraft still in existance.
I have always said if I win the lottery I will own an F4U Corsair. The longer I have to wait the
more expensive they get.
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When I was a kid they had a TV show called Black Sheep Squadron which was loosley aboutHey, they got funky wings like a Stuka! I like them.
I loved that show!When I was a kid they had a TV show called Black Sheep Squadron which was loosley about
VMF214 in the S. Pacific. I fell in love with that airplane. As I grew older and learned more
about G. "Pappy" Boyington and the real storey of the Black Sheep squadron it really became
a favorite of mine.
The top 2 US fighters of the war were the P-51 and the F4U. Since the P-51 had to borrow a
Brit engine to make it really good I move the Corsair ahead. The Merlin engine was awesome
but there is nothing like a big round oil leaking fire breathing radial.
Speaking of the Merlin, one of the best sounding airplanes I have had the opportunity to see
fly was the Lancaster. Four Merlins in tune is music to an aircraft mechanic's ears.
I'm a big fan of the P-47. I think it was the only US fighter of that war to be fitted with those 8-.50 BMG guns. The Corsair normally had only 6-.50 BMGs, but a short run of Corsairs came with 4-20mm cannons.Okay, so the P-47 wasn't sexy like the Mustang, nor quite as fast, or as fast as the Corsair, but it and the Corsair were similarly powered, and I think the Corsair and P-47 both sported 8 Browning 50 calibers, Two more than the P-51. If either engine had a couple of jugs shattered, they did still get you home. The P-47 had a bathtub of steel plate the pilot called a cockpit. If I had to go after Jerry, as far as a round trip would have allowed, I'd rather bet my trip home on the P-47.
The Corsair was singularly great just for the fact it was flown by Marines!
I would have liked to try out the cockpit in one of those. Back in the mid 1980s I did get to crawl into a Bf-109 cockpit while it was under restoration by a CAF wing outside of Houston. Back then I was probably 150 pounds at 5'9" and that Bf-109 cockpit was formula 1 car tiny, with almost no forward view. It was an awesome thing to sit in that old plane and imagine what it would be like in the air.The Spitfire was said to have small cramped cockpits that would often rub blisters on the shoulders of larger pilots.