The Corsair F4U is one of the most iconic aircraft in the world. To implement the power of its beefy double radial engine, it has a huge propeller. So that the prop didn’t touch the ground, the wings were simply given the well-known wing kink in order to set the propeller axis higher. We have also implemented the powerful propeller in the maxFlite wind spinner aircraft. And yes, it catches a fair amount of wind and lets the Corsair windmill ‘fly’ powerfully through your garden.
The Corsair was the most successful aircraft used by the US Navy on aircraft carriers during World War II. The main purpose of the Corsair can also be seen on the windmill plane from the hook shown, with which the machines could also land on aircraft carriers.
Today the Corsair is known as a star at air shows. Get a piece of aviation history with the striking Corsair as a decorative wind turbine in the garden. You can be sure of the admiration of friends and neighbors.[Wingspan: 80cm; Length: 72cm; weight about 3200g; Height of pole 140 cm; ground screw sold separately; Propeller diameter: 28 cm]
- Exact aircraft type of the maxFlite windwheel: USN, F4U-1D BuNo 57803, Lieutenant Commander Roger Hedrick, CO VF-84, aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill in February 1945. The pilot is also detailed on the decoration windmill. Before he committed his first air combat, he had flown more than 200 hours in missions.
- Californian-born pilot Roger Hedrick achieved 12 confirmed aerial victories and served as the U.S. Air Force in 1958. Retired Navy Rear Admiral.
- The first Atlantic pilot, Charles Lindbergh, served as an instructor for pilots on the Corsair from 1944.
- ‘Jolly Roger’ is the name given to the well-known pirate flag with a skull and crossbones underneath in English-speaking countries. In the US Navy, several squadrons used this symbol on their machines and became known as the so-called ‘Jolly Rogers’. For the first time when the VF-17 squadron was equipped with F4U Corsair aircraft and achieved incredible success in the Pacific region.
- The coolers of the Corsair cause a very typical, whistling flight noise. Therefore, it was also referred to as ‘Whistling Death’. Today you can hear this without danger to life and limb at air shows.
- As is typical for carrier aircraft, the F4U has a sophisticated folding mechanism with which the wings can be folded up outside the landing gear to save space.
- The aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) was so badly hit by two Kamikaze fighters in April 1945 after very successful operations that it was withdrawn to the USA for maintenance.
- The Corsair gained TV notoriety because it was used in the television series ‘Pacific Squadron 214’.
- A total of 12,581 Corsair machines were built between 1940 and 1953. Manufacturer was mainly the company Vought Aircraft.
- The French Naval Air Force was the last customer to order 94 Corsair F4U-7 machines and used them in several crises until they were retired in 1964.