f4u corsair fighter bomber

United States Marine Corps F4U Corsair fighter-bombers on Tarawa Atoll in the central Pacific. Such was the demand for this plane that Vought, the original manufacturer, was soon being supplemented by Goodyear and Brewster. Eventually the Corsair won a record as the one plane with the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history (1942–53).


Lt Jimmy Johnson, USMC, points to the damaged rudder of his F4U Corsair fighter bomber after an encounter with the Japanese over the Russel Islands. Johnson succeeded in retaining control of his aircraft despite the absence of a rudder and bringing her in for a forced landing with no further damage. 1943