F4U Corsair (1): XF4U Through F2G (Detail & Scale 55)
By Bert Kinzey
Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications Inc. 1998 80 Pages
PDF 24 MB
Because of the unusual and distinctive design of its inverted gull wing, Vought's F4U Corsair became known as the "bent wing bird" to aviation enthusiasts. As it attacked the enemy on the ground, the air rushing through the radiators buried in its wing roots created a sound that the Japanese named "whistling death." But to the pilots who flew it, and to the Marines on the ground that it supported, the Corsair also became known as the "sweetheart of Okinawa." Regardless of what name it was called, the F4U Corsair was indisputably one of the most successful fighter designs in the history of military aviation.