A FG-1D was recovered from Lake Washington and placed in the Seattle Flight Museum

There are a number of Corsairs in Lake Washington including one which was recovered, resorted.

The Corsair is one of the worlds most distinctive looking fighters. The inverted gull-wing is it's most identifiable characteristic. The Corsair was developed at the beginning of 1938, at the request of the U.S. Navy, which ordered the construction of the prototype of a new single-seat carrier-based fighter with advanced characteristics.



There were 34 F4U-2's built for the U.S. Navy, 32 of them being produced by the Naval Aircraft Factory and two converted by VMF(N)-532. The biggest change from the -1 model was the RADAR radome added to the starboard wing. Other changes included the deletion of the starboard outboard .50 caliber machine gun to offset the weight of the radome, as well as flame dampeners on the engine exhausts and two under fuselage antennae.

The F4U was nicknamed, "whistling death" by the Japanese because of the sound the oil cooler vanes made. In later stages of the war, the Corsair was armed with weapons ranging from 500 to 1,000lb bombs, 20mm cannon, and napalm.


The Corsair scored a number of Navy firsts. It was the first Navy single engine fighter to fly over 400 miles an hour. The Corsair also set a record for payload, when Charles Lindbergh took off with a 4,000lb payload; the heaviest flown by a single engine aircraft at that point in WWII.

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