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Stunning FG-1D Corsair has Sights on Oshkosh

See this award-winning FG-1D Corsair at Oshkosh this summer.

July 18, 2015 - Chance Vought F4U Corsairs are among the most beautiful and distinctive warbirds to emerge from the World War II era, and this year EAA AirVenture Oshkosh attendees will have an opportunity to see a striking example from Olympic Flight Museum of Olympia, Washington. The FG-1D Corsair owned by museum President Brian Reynolds will fly to Wittman Regional Airport for an early-week arrival and will be on display throughout the convention.

The Goodyear-built Corsair has not been to Oshkosh since it was brought here by its former owner, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, which owned the aircraft in the 1970s-1990s.

Restoration manager and museum board member Brad Pilgrim calls it the “prettiest, most perfect Corsair” he’s ever seen. “Only the radios are different from the original, other than some slight engine mods,” he said. “Otherwise she’s bone stock.”

The Goodyear Aircraft Corp. in Akron, Ohio, delivered the airplane, BuNo 92436, to the U.S. Navy on July 10, 1945—too late for combat action during WWII. After less than a year in Pearl Harbor, the airplane was shipped back stateside to NAS San Diego for reconditioning and repairs, then was used at a number of military facilities before being retired to Litchfield Park, Arizona, in 1954.

Credit Ed Maloney, founder of the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, for what you see on display this week: He plunked down $650 to acquire the plane from a Long Beach, California, smelter that planned to scrap it.

The Desert Aviation Company, of Las Vegas, acquired the Corsair in 1972 and a year later was acquired by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario.

After participating in numerous air shows through 1998, CWH sold the Corsair to Reynolds. Four years later he decided to do a full restoration and sent the Corsair to John and Nancy Lane at Airpower Unlimited in Jerome, Idaho.

Eleven and a half years and 38,000 hours of labor later it was finished. It’s said to be one of the most in-depth Corsair restorations ever completed.

The airplane was the cover story of the June edition of EAA’s Warbirds magazine.

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