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The sign accompanying the Corsair. It reads

Vought F4U-1D Corsair

By V-J Day, September 2, 1945, Corsair pilots had amassed an 11:1 kill ratio against enemy aircraft. The aircraft's distinctive inverted gull-wing design allowed ground clearance for the huge, three-bladed Hamilton Standard Hydromatic propeller, which spanned more than 4 meters (13 feet). The Pratt and Whitney R-2800 radial engine and Hydromatic propeller was the largest and one of the most powerful engine-propeller combinations ever flown on a fighter aircraft.

Charles Lindbergh flew bombing missions in a Corsair with Marine Air Group 31 against Japanese strongholds in the Pacific in 1944. This airplane is painted in the colors and markings of the Corsair Sun Setter, a Marine close-support fighter assigned to the USS Essex in July 1944.

Transferred from the U.S. Navy

Wingspan:12.5 m (41 ft)
Length:10.2 m (33 ft 4 in)
Height: 4.6 m (15 ft), 4.9 m (16 ft 2 in) folded
Weight, empty:4,037 kg (8,971 lb)
Weight, gross:6,387 kg (14,080 lb)
Top speed:671 km/h (417 mph)
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 air-cooled radial, 2,100 hp
Armament:six .50 cal M2 machine guns
Ordnance: eight 5-in rockets, two 1,000-lb bombs
Manufacturer: Vought Aircraft Co., Stratford, Conn., 1944

Sign by the Corsair at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Time picture taken Wed Jun 20 15:09:36 2007
Location picture taken Catwalk
Boeing Aviation Hangar
Udvar Hazy Center
Chantilly, VA
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