vought f4u

“During a Japanese air raid on Yonton Airfield, Okinawa, Japan on April 28, 1945, the corsairs of the "Hell’s Belles,” Marine Corps Fighter Squadron are silhouetted against the sky by a lacework of anti-aircraft shells.“


Without warning
I veered my Vought F4U Corsair
toward my tormentor,
in an instant the gap closed
and a flight of six bright
sparks arched out toward him.

“Right up the tailpipe,” I said aloud.
Screens flashed and darkened
the view resolved
into a churning vortex
of expanding luminosity, in which
sub-centers of violence
boiled and glowed.

I landed and you flushed
with the blaze of starlight,
and I checked the number
on my new address,
“What is this, the Inquisition?”
I said disgustingly prim.

“Dozens of F4U Corsair and F6F Hellcat fighter planes fly in formation over the USS Missouri, while the surrender ceremonies to end World War II take place aboard the U.S. Navy battleship, on September 2, 1945.”


Vought F4U Corsair

The Corsair was designed as a carrier-based aircraft but its difficult carrier landing performance rendered it unsuitable for Navy use until the carrier landing issues were overcome by the British Fleet Air Arm.