Vought F4U-4 “Corsair” (Bureau No. 81712), of Fighter Squadron 791 (VF-791) makes vapor rings with its propeller as it takes off from USS Boxer (CV-21) for a Korean War air strike. Photo is dated 6 July 1951. Note small bombs under the plane’s wings and flight deck distance markings. The “Corsair” is just passing the 500-foot point.
A flock of Vought F4U-1D Corsairs cruises near Seattle sometime after World War II. The fighters, belonging to the Naval Air Reserve Training Unit based at Sand Point, were glossy sea blue with international orange numbers and stripes.
“Deck Launch – Visible rings of vapor encircle a Corsair fighter as it turns up prior to being launched from the USS Boxer for a strike against communist targets in Korea. Hovering to the stern of the aircraft carrier, the every-present helicopter plane guard stands by to assist if any emergency arises.” Photograph and caption were released in Washington, D.C., on 20 July 1951. Planes are Vought F4U-4s. Helicopter is a Sikorsky HO3S.
Heavily armed with rockets and a bomb, this Vought F4U-B Corsair of Marine Corps fighter squadron VMF-214 “Blacksheep” prepares to launch from the USS Sicily (CVE-118) for a nighttime strike. Picture circa August-October, 1950
“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.“
World War Two-era postcard featuring a Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” as
it is attacked by Minnie Mulvaney, a much-feared giant “cloud snatcher” and vaporous housewife working out of the clouds above her home town of Elkader, Iowa.
As she had already destroyed a Fisher XP-75 Eagle interceptor and a Vought F4U Corsair navy fighter earlier that day, biting their pilots in half with a ferocity seldom seen in a domestic cloud snatcher, it is unknown why the B-17 was attempting to land at the embattled Spooner Army Airfield and not diverted to Fort Manchester in nearby Rucker County.