The Corsair fighter airplane of WW2 the history and how the Corsair plane became such a formiddible fighter aircraft. A Corsair plane now sits in Oahu for divers to enjoy.

F4U Corsair History- History of the Corsair Airplane

The Corsair of Hawaii is a piece of history that scuba divers of Hawaii can enjoy. Although not a causality of war this Corsair plane wreck in Hawaii has seen action in different theaters in the Pacific. Nowadays most of the action the Corsair plane wreck sees is from divers making this a great Oahu scuba diving location. A brief history of the Corsair and its contribution in the WW2 theater.

Oahu Scuba Diving- Corsair

The development of the Corsair began in 1938, when the US Navy issued a request for a new single-seat carrier-based fighter. The Chance-Vought company won the contract with their unique, gull-winged airframe pulled by the largest engine then available, the Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp; the world’s fastest and most powerful engine at the time.

The prototype of the Corsair was first flown on 29 May 1940, but due to design revisions, the first production F4U-1 Corsair was not delivered until 31 July 1942. Further landing gear and cockpit modifications resulted in a new variant, the F4U-1A, which was the first version approved for carrier duty.

The Corsair served with the US Navy, US Marines, the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force (and later, the French Aeronavale), and quickly became the most capable carrier-based fighter/bomber of the war. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought's manufacturing capability, resulting in additional aircraft being produced by the Goodyear Company (as the FG-1 and the Brewster Company (as the F3A-1). Production ceased in 1952.

Did you know that there is over two dozen Corsairs still airworthy, most in the United States

Depending on which Air Squadron you were in, the Corsair F4U had many nicknames: Hose Nose, Bent Wing Bird and the Ensign Eliminator, the latter due to its stall and landing characteristics. Under the right circumstances and wind flow, the wing mounted air intakes caused a pronounced whistling sound that the enemy soon picked up on. For that reason, Japanese ground troops called it " Whistling Death" for obvious reasons.

Interesting and Famous Nicknames for the Corsair
Bent-Wing Monster Bend-Wing Bird Whistling Death Horseshoe Bent-Wing Ensign Eliminator
Super Stuka U-Bird Hose Nose Hog Nose Sweetheart