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The Vought F4U Corsair was used in the military by both the Navy and Marines.  It is a radial engine fighter known for both its bent wings and its unique sound.  The corsair was 33' 4" long, 16' 1" high and had a wingspan of 41'.  It had an empty weight of 8,982 lbs and a gross weight of 14,000 lbs.  The F4 Corsair used one Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine which produced 2000 hp.  The corsair had a cruise speed of 182 mph, a max speed of 417 mph and a max climb rate of 2,890 ft/min.  The F4 corsairs maximum range was 1,015 miles.  This airplane was mostly a carrier based airplane however it was also used from land based runways in the pacific by now well known pilots like Pappy Boyington of the Black Sheep Squadron.   These World War 2 books are listed by amazonebooks and Historic Aviation books.  
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The Saga of the Legendary Bent-Wing Fighter-Bomber.
Musciano. This lavishly illustrated book examines the development of the legendary F4U Corsair, follows it into battle from World War II's Guadalcanal through service in Korea; profiles the most decorated Corsair pilots; and describes how it was transformed to perform a myriad of functions for which it was never intended. 400 pages, 800+ color and B&W photographs and illustrations, 8"x 11", hardcover.    

Fighting Seventeen

A Photographic History of VF-17 in World War II
Cook. This photo-history examines U.S. Navy Fighting Squadron Seventeen, the original "Jolly Rogers," who, flying F4U Corsairs under the command of 11-victory ace Tom Blackburn, shot down 152 Japanese aircraft in only 76 days. You'll view the aircraft and meet the pilots, including leading aces Ira Kepford (16) and Roger Hedrick (12). 304 pages, 300+ color and B&W photographs and illustrations, 8"x 11", hardcover.  

F4U Corsair in Action

Built in response to a 1938 U.S. Navy request for a high speed, high altitude  naval fighter, the F4U went on to become perhaps the most highly regarded fighter in the Pacific theater. Book traces the story from development through Korea and  manufacture for export. Among the most formidable fighters of all time, the F4U Corsair maintained a kill ratio of 11-to-1 in the Pacific Theater of World War II and, during the early years of the jet age, held its own in Korea. This revised and expanded edition examines the F4U in fascinating detail, showing you everything from the first prototype to its wartime service and the restored warbirds of today. 64 pages; 116 B&W and 53 color photographs, color profiles, and detailed line drawings; 11"x 8"; softcover.

F4U Corsair Units of the Korean War
Combat Aircraft Vol. 78

Thompson. Through firsthand accounts, full-color profiles and many never-before-published photographs, this book examines the operations of the 26 U.S. Navy Squadrons - most of which were carrier based - and the six Marine Corps squadrons that flew F4U Corsair combat missions during the Korean War. 96 pages, 75 color and B&W photographs, 33 color profiles, 7"x 9", softcover.

F4U Corsair Walk Around

Doyle. First flown in 1940, the F4U Corsair was arguably the best piston-engine, carrier-borne fighter ever produced. This heavily illustrated book examines three of the most notable Corsair variants (the F4U-1D, -4 and -5) in detail, giving you an inside look at the cockpit and airframe, engine, landing gear, weapons, and more. 80 pages; 200+ B&W and color photographs, color profiles, and line drawings; 11"x 8"; softcover.

Vought F4 Corsair Profiles of Flight

Carrier and Land-Based Fighter. Windle & Bowman. Filled with stunning color profiles of the Vought F4U Corsair in its various operational modes, configurations and paint schemes, this lavishly illustrated volume examines the famous U.S. Navy and Marine Corps fighter in fascinating detail. Includes rare wartime photographs and informative descriptions. 88 pages, 50 B&W photographs and 30 color profiles, 5"x 6", hardcover.

The Flight of Jesse Leroy Brown

Taylor. This biography provides an engaging and intimate look into the life and flying career of Jesse Leroy Brown, who broke the color barrier in the late 1940s when he became the first Africa-American U.S. Navy pilot. You'll learn about his poverty-stricken childhood, the indignities he suffered during flight training, becoming the first African-American to fly a Navy fighter and make a carrier landing, and his untimely death when his F4U was shot down over Korea in 1950. 320 pages, 32 B&W photographs and illustrations, 6"x 8", softcover.

The Aces of Fighting 17

VF-17's Top Guns in World War II
Cook. Famous for their F4U Corsairs with Skull and Crossbones insignia and their "Jolly Rogers" nickname, the U.S. Navy's VF-17 became the deadliest fighter squadron in the South Pacific as it downed 154 Japanese aircraft and produced 13 aces in less than five months. This heavily illustrated book presents rare, archival images - some never before published - of those aces in action and includes a detailed biography of each. 224 pages, 200+ color and B&W photographs and illustrations, 8"x 11", hardcover.

Air to Air

Mustangs & Corsairs.
Bowen. Often shooting from the open tail-gunner's position of a World War II-era B-25 Mitchell, Paul Bowen is world-renowned for his spectacular photographs of aircraft in flight. This lavishly illustrated volume features stunning air-to-air images of two of the most famous World War II American fighters: the P-51 Mustang and the F4U Corsair. 224 pages, 500+ color photos, 10"x 12", hardcover.

Inside 50 History-Making Aircraft In the Cockpit

Bell. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum holds the country's premier collection of historic aircraft, but visitors must view these impressive structures at a distance. This lavishly illustrated volume takes you into the cockpit to give you a true pilot's eye view of many of history's most important domestic and military airplanes and helicopters. You view the interior of the 1917 German Halberstadt CL.IV ground-attack aircraft; the 1927 Lockheed Vega monoplane; the famous 1937 Piper Cub; World War II aircraft such as the American F4U Corsair, British Hawker Hurricane, Japanese Ki-45 "Nick," and German Ju 388; the Cold War's Soviet MiG-15 jet fighter; the Concorde airliner; and many others. Includes a foreword by John Travolta. 144 pages, 120+ color and B&W photographs, 8"x 10", hardcover.  

American Nightfighter Aces of World War 2
Aircraft of the Aces Vol. 84

Thompson. Featuring full-color profiles and rare photographs, this book examines the numerous aircraft types - and the American aces who flew them - employed as nightfighters in World War II. You'll see early stop-gap conversions such as the TBM Avenger, Lockheed Ventura and A-20 Havoc and the radar-equipped Hellcats, Corsairs and Black Widows that registered most of the kills made by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and USAAF in 1944-45. 96 pages, B&W photographs and color illustrations, 7"x 9", softcover.

Clear the Deck!

Aircraft Carrier Accidents of World War II
Graff. Featuring many never-before-published photographs, this book examines the hazards of operating combat aircraft from a pitching carrier deck, showing you amazing U.S. Navy accidents, flight damage and operations - of Buffalos, Corsairs, Hellcats, Bearcats, Tigercats and many others - from the 1920s through the final days of World War II. 132 pages, 207 B&W photographs, 9"x 9", softcover.   

Black Sheep

The Life of Pappy Boyington
Wukovitz. This biography examines the turbulent life of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, who, as commander of the VMF-214 "Black Sheep" Squadron, was the top U.S. Marine ace in the Pacific Theater of World War II. You'll read about his service with the "Flying Tigers" in Burma and China, his feats as a Corsair pilot in the South Pacific, his capture and internment in Japanese prison camps, his post-war life, and more. 288 pages, 20 B&W photographs, 6"x 9", hardcover.

America's Hundred Thousand

U.S. Production Fighters of WWII. Dean. Covers in detail the eleven fighter typers produced during WWII. P-40, P-39, P-38, P-47, P-51, Corsair, Hellcat, Wildcat and others. Includes development, production, combat records, comparative records with a chronology of combat, and more. 608 pgs., 1000 photos, 8"x 11", hdbd.

Kamikazes, Corsairs, and Picket Ships

Okinawa 1945
Rielly. This book tells the previously untold story of the ferocious air-naval battle at the radar picket stations - the U.S. fleet's outer defense against Japanese marauders - during the American assault on Okinawa in spring, 1945. You'll read about the relentless kamikaze attacks, the nature of the U.S. air cover, the constant melees over the fleet, and more. 448 pages, B&W photographs, 6"x 9", softcover.

One Hundred Years of World Military Aircraft

Polmar & Bell. In tribute to the first 100 years of flight, this book showcases 100 of history's most significant military aircraft. Includes several aviation "firsts," a few of the largest and some of the best performers - but most were selected for their influence on political and military events. You'll see the Ilyushin Il-2, the U-2 spy plane, the Curtiss Pusher, the Corsair, the Canberra and others with photos and commentaries detailing the choice. 324 pages, 107 photos, 6"x 9", hardcover.

icture History of WWII American Aircraft Production

Stoff. A wartime tour of restricted U.S. aircraft plants, this book consists of 258 large, crisp photos taken inside those plants during World War II. You name it, you'll see it being assembled: P-38s, Hellcats, B-17s, Corsairs and more. 179 pages, 8"x 11", softcover.

XTBU-1 & TBY-2 Sea Wolf
Naval Fighters Vol. 33

Ginter, Chana & Prophett. Designed by Vought as a competitor to Grumman's TBM Avenger. But with Vought busy building Corsairs, production was handed over to Vultee. Covers the design, service history, and technical details. 120 B&W photos, dozens of diagrams, 89 pgs., 8"x 11", sfbd.

Bent Wings
Softbound Book

F4U Corsair Action & Accidents: True Tales of Trial & Terror! Blechman. You are in an F4U Corsair, turning toward the carrier and preparing all the controls for a night carrier landing. You are dive-bombing the Japanese battleship Yamato. You are in combat and watch your best friend get shot down 43 "tales of trial and terror" by ten pilots who lived to tell them! 376 pgs., 5"x 8", sfbd.

by Fred Blechman 
Paperback - 376 pages 1 edition (May 1999) 

Book Description 
You are in an F4U Corsair, turning toward the carrier and preparing all the controls for a night carrier landing. You are dive-bombing the Japanese battleship Yamato. You are in combat and watch your best friend get shot down 

About the Author 
Fred Blechman flew F4U-5 Corsairs with the VF-14 Tophatters. He made two Mediterranean carrier cruises,  and numerous Caribbean carrier deployments from 1950-1952. Since 1961 he has written 750 magazine articles and seven books about microcomputers, electronics and flying. 

Hardbound Book

Pautigny. Recognized as one of the best fighters of WWII, the Vought F4U Corsair carried out 64,051 missions, during which 2,140 enemy aircraft were destroyed in combat with only 189 Corsair losses - an incredible success ratio of 11:1. This book describes and illustrates in detail the entire career of the Corsair, from the early prototypes and production versions to the later, ever more powerful variants, including racers. 144 pages, 50 B&W photographs, 150 color profiles, 9"x 12", hardcover.

Short Straw, Memoirs of Korea
Click on link above to go to the Short Straw Exhibit. 

by Captain Bernard Peterson
Hard Cover

Briney to the Blue, Memoirs of WW2
by Captain Bernard W. Peterson

Click on the link above to go to the Briney to the Blue Exhibit. 

Corsair Aces of World War 2 
by Mark Styling, Jerry Scutts 
Paperback - 96 pages (October 1995) 

Aircraft of the Aces Vol. 8

Styling. This versatile aircraft saw service with the U.S. Navy and Marines, the British Fleet Air Arm and the RNZAF. Most of the F4U pilots who recount their experience within these pages considered it to be the best all-round fighter in the Pacific theater. 96 pages including 18 pages of color profiles, 100+ photographs, 3-view drawings and a list of Corsair aces. 7"x 9", softcover.

 F4U Corsair (Motorbooks International Warbird History)
F-4 U Corsair 

by Nicholas A. Veronico, John M. Campbell (Contributor),  Donna Campbell (Contributor)  

Well worth the , and probably the best F4U book written to date. This book examines each model with stories from aces, test pilots, and others who flew the plane. Good coverage of the radar equipped night fighters, Corsairs in service in South America, in the movies, and RACERS! .Paperback:

144 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks Intl (March 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0879388544
ISBN-13: 978-0879388546

Pilot's Handbook for Navy F4U
Softbound Book

A reprint of the official pilot's manual for the later-model Corsairs. Large and detailed with all the photos and diagrams, you'll be ready for flight training after reading this! 112 pgs., 8½"x 11", sfbd.

Pilot's Manual for F4 U Corsair
Softbound Book

Reprint of official government issue Pilot Manual for early model F4 U Corsairs. Covers:  Description, Flight Operating Instructions, Emergency Instructions, Equipment,  Performance Charts. Many photos and diagrams. 68 pgs., 8"x 11", sfbd.

F-4U Corsair in Color (Fighting Color Series) 

by Jim Sullivan 
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications (February 1, 1981)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0897471202
ISBN-13: 978-0897471206

Whistling Death : 
The Test Pilot's Story of the F4 U Corsair 
by Boone T. Guyton 
Hardcover (January 1995) 

From the test pilot who did the flight testing of the Corsair comes this  extraordinary account of the men and women who worked around the clock to bring  the Corsair into aerial action in the nick of time in the Pacific. Relating the close  calls, the crash landings, and the humor as only the test pilot could. Illustrated, 320  pgs., 6"x 9", hdbd.

Whistling Death is the true story, by the test pilot, of the rush to produce the F4U Corsair, the Navy fighter that brought America air superiority over the Japanese Zero in World War II. Here is the crash program - complete  with crash landings - powered by the dedicated men and women of the home front who designed and built this revolutionary, tide-turning airplane. Boone T. Guyton, an experimental test pilot at Chance Vought during and  after World War II, flew 105 types of aircraft in 45 years as a pilot. 

The Corsair and Other Vought
Aeroplanes, 1917-1977


The Vought Corsair became legend during WWII. More than a story of Vought  aircraft, missiles and related hardware, book also delves into the human side - the  management, the workers and the business climate through the years. 168 pgs., 316  photos, 39 general arrangement 3-views, 8½"x 11", sfbd.

Skull & Crossbones Squadron
VF-17 in World War II 


The unit history of one of the most successful top gun squadrons of their day. 152 Japanese aircraft destroyed in the air in only 76 days of combat, plus a number of ships and troop barges destroyed. The unit had 13 aces  who took the Corsair into combat for the first time. 8½"x 11", 240 pgs., over 350 photos, hdbd.     

Flying to the Limit
Hardbound Aircraft Book

Testing World War II Single-Engined Fighter Aircraft.
Caygill. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of seventeen different World War II fighter aircraft from the U.K., the USA and Germany in this book that examines test results and pilots' own firsthand accounts. Covered aircraft include the Hurricane, Spitfire, Bf 109, Fw 190, Buffalo, Tomahawk (Warhawk), Airacobra, Mustang, Martlet (Wildcat), Thunderbolt and Corsair - all legendary types that saw a great deal of wartime action. 224 pages, 80 B&W photographs, 6"x 9", hardcover.

Corsairs and Flattops

Marine Carrier Air Warfare 1944-1945 

This little known part of the Pacific war is detailed in readable historical perspective. Based on extensive records and personal experiences, traces the training and deployment of eighteen Corsair  squadrons in 1944 and 1945 as the fighters engaged the enemy in dogfights, shipping  attacks and strikes at the heartland of the islands. These brave men pioneered the way to the modern close-air units stationed aboard carriers in the Persian Gulf and  elsewhere. Illustrated 160 pgs., 6"x 9", hdbd    

Vought F4U Corsair
Aero Detail Vol. 25

A photo essay on the Vought F4U Corsair. 250 color photos from Corsairs in museums and Osh Kosh, plus dozens of period B&W photos and detailed drawings, give the reader a thorough view of the airplane. Includes camouflage and marking color plates. 96 pgs., 10"x 10", sfbd.

Chance Vought F4U Corsair - Aero Series 11Chance Vought F-4U Corsair 

Aero Series 11 (Paperback)
by Edward T. Maloney (Author), Uwe Feist (Author)

Paperback: 50 pages
Publisher: Aero Publishers; 1st edition (1967)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0816805407
ISBN-13: 978-0816805402

Victory Roll!
Hardbound Book

The American Fighter Pilot and Aircraft in World War II. William Wolf. This is the story of America's "best and brightest," from the early-war young men who were hastily trained and flying inferior aircraft such as the P-39, F2A and F4F, to the well-trained, late-war pilots in their F4Us, F6Fs, P-47s, P-38s and finally, P-51s. You'll learn the key role this generation of young Americans played before they took their place in American society and industry. 456 pgs., 670+ B&W photos, 8"x 11", hdbd.

F4U Corsair at war

F4U Corsair at war 

by Richard Abrams 
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Ian Allan Ltd; First edition (November 21, 1977)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0711007667
ISBN-13: 978-0711007666

MiG Alley

Larry Davis. 

This pictorial review of the Korean air war shows them all: F-51  Mustangs and F4U Corsairs, the new jets like the F-80, F-84, F-86 and T-33, even the attack aircraft and bombers such as the B-26 and B-29 are here. If you want to see the aircraft of Korea, this is the book for you! Includes 140 B&W photos, 36 color profiles, maps, squadron markings and more. 80 pgs., 8½"x 11", sfbd.

 Vought F4U-17 Corsair in USMC-USN-FAA-Aâeronavale & foreign service 

by Robert Kopitzke 
  • ISBN-10: 0668023147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0668023146

Compared with the Aero series title about the Corsair this books stands out by beating the other on al fronts. It has one page more, but instead of five side views you get more than forty. It has more and better text and it has more photographs, though not all of the same quality as in the Maloney-Feist book. If your funds are not unlimited and if you had to choose between these two books when you come across them in a second-hand bookshop I would urge you to take this one.
By the way, it was published in Britain by Osprey as Aircam no.23 and in the States as Arco/Aircam no.28 by Arco Publishing. Together with the Maloney / Feist book and the two "Aircraft in Profile" publications it was pretty much all you could buy about this plane when I started reading about WW2 aviation. Since then a lot of books have been published, but no book has as yet rivaled this one in the amount of color side views. Paperback: 50 pages
Publisher: Arco Pub. Co (1971)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0668023147
ISBN-13: 978-0668023146

Pilot's Handbook for Navy F4U
Pilot's Handbook Navy Models F4U-5, -5N, -5Nl, -5P Aircraft 

A reprint of the official pilot's manual for the later-model Corsairs. Large and detailed with all the photos and diagrams, you'll be ready for flight training after reading this! 112 pages, 8"x 11", softcover.

Paperback (August 1995) 
A facsimile reprint of the pilot's handbook for the F4U-5, -5N, -5NL, and -5P.

Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; Facsimile edition edition (July 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0887408214
ISBN-13: 978-0887408212

Baa Baa Black Sheep 
by Gregory Boyington, Pappy Boyington 

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam (January 1, 1977)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0553263501
ISBN-13: 978-0553263503

Black Sheep: The Definitive Account of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II 

by Bruce D. Gamble 

With their renowned squadron leader Greg Pappy Boyington, Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 214 was one of the best-known and most colorful combat units of World War II. The popular television series Baa Baa Black Sheep added to their legendwhile obscuring the truly remarkable combat record of the Black Sheep and Boyington. A retired naval flight officer and former historian for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Bruce Gamble provides a highly readable account that serves to both correct and extend the record of this premier fighting force.

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press (June 9, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0891416447
ISBN-13: 978-0891416449

Once They Were Eagles : The Men of the Black Sheep Squadron
by Frank E. Walton 

" Marine Corps Fighter Squadron 214 was hastily organized in the field during World War II to meet the urgent need for another combat squadron in the South Pacific. The squadron, self-named the "Black Sheep," went on under the leadership of the swashbuckling "Pappy" Boyington to become the most famous in Marine Corps history. Now comes the true story of the Black Sheep Squadron and the men who wrote its record in the Pacific skies. Once They Were Eagles tells how and why the squadron was formed, provides brief sketches of every member, and creates a vivid picture of the exciting but deadly aerial sorties over the South Pacific. Frank E. Walton located the thirty-four survivors of the fifty-one original Black Sheep. In a unique series of interviews, former "Eagles" share their recollections of those days of high adventure and their experiences in the years to follow.

Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (June 27, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0813108756
ISBN-13: 978-0813108759

Aces Against Japan : The American Aces Speak
by Eric M. Hammel 
Mass Market Paperback Reprint edition (September 1995) 

Book Description 
Heaven Belonged to God. The Sky Belonged to America's Aces. 

From the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, to the last dogfight over Kyushu on July 2, 1945,  America's fighter aces blasted their way across the skies of the Pacific and East Asia -- hurling their Warhawks and Wildcats, Lightnings and Thunderbolts, Mustangs and Corsairs -- against the best enemy ever sent aloft. Now, in their own words, forty American eagles vividly recreate the terror, exhilaration, and ultimate triumph of   their crusade for airborne supremacy. 

Stalk the air with 1st Lt. Jack Jones in his P-400, as he employs his bird-hunter instinct in the pursuit and destruction of the deadly metallic vultures of the enemy. Race with 1st Lt. Jim Swett as his F4F scores an  unprecedented seven kills and earns him the Medal of Honor. Ride with Ensign Wendell Twelves on his first  engagement in his Hellcat as he rescues stranded American airmen from the Pacific below -- and marauding Zeros above. 

Eric Hammel's writing career began in the 1960s, when he was a teenager. He has had forty military history books, one novel, and more than sixty-five non-fiction articles published. Eric has worked as West Coast contributing editor for Leatherneck Magazine and as a publishing acquisitions and content editor, but he has spent most of the years since 1983 as a full-time author, editor, and publisher.

Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Pocket (September 1, 1995)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0671529080
ISBN-13: 978-0671529086

America's Hundred Thousand

U.S. Production Fighters of WWII 

Covers in detail the eleven fighter typers  produced during WWII. P-40, P-39, P-38, P-47, P-51, Corsair, Hellcat, Wildcat and others. Includes development, production, combat records, comparative records with  a chronology of combat, and more. 608 pgs., 1000 photos, 8½"x 11", hdbd.America's Hundred Thousand  U.S. Production Fighters of WWII Dean. Covers in detail the eleven fighter typers produced during WWII. P-40, P-39, P-38, P-47, P-51, Corsair, Hellcat, Wildcat and others. Includes development, production, combat records, comparative records with a chronology of combat, and more. 608 pgs., 1000 photos, 8½"x 11", hdbd.     

Picture History of WWII

American Aircraft Production

A war time tour of restricted aircraft plants. Consists of 258 large, crisp photos taken inside U.S. aircraft plants during the war. You name it, see it being assembled: P-38s, Hellcats, B-17s, Corsairs, etc. 179 pgs., 8¾"x 11¾", sfbd.

Corsair on Final Clock
Featuring the art of Stan Stokes,

this clock captures the dramatic final approach of an F4U Corsair returning to its carrier home. Framed in a distinctive riveted aluminum case, clock includes a quartz movement. 15" diameter; made in U.S.A.; battery not included.    



     Out of Print Books    

U.S. Navy Fighters of WWII
Tillman & Lawson.    Take to the war-torn skies over the Pacific in the cockpits of Grumman Wildcats and Hellcats, F4 U Corsairs, Bearcats and Tigercats. Rare original  color photos from the era and a historically exacting text depict these legendary  aircraft and their squadrons as they attempt to impede the encroaching Japanese  Imperial Navy. Included are a naval air battle history and a listing of todays surviving Warbirds. 96 pgs., 85 color illustrations, 8¼"x 9", sfbd.

Duels in the Sky
WWII Naval Aircraft in Combat Captain 
Eric M. Brown. 

Author pits each combat  aircraft against each adversary, calling the probable winner of such contests.  Examples: Zeke vs F6F, Corsair, Wildcat, Buffalo, or Avenger. Combatants in Atlantic  and Pacific theaters are grouped according to major battle with dogfights analyzed. The theoretical vs. the actual. Makes very interesting reading. 84 photos, drawings,  223 pgs., 7"x 10", hdbd.

Corsair: The F4U in World War II and Korea 
by Barrett Tillman 
Hardcover - 219 pages (November 1979) 

The F4U in WWII and Korea. Tillman. A well researched operational history of the most famous fighter of the Pacific - from its design and nerve-wracking test flights to its success as a fighter and bomber in two wars. It is a tale of trial and evolution by fire, of delays and near-cancellation of appearance aboard carriers, and of the heroes and anonymous men who contributed to its triumph. Tillman provides full info on the many versions, their specs, performance, and units, along with a full gallery of photos. 219 pgs., 75 B&W photos, 6"x 9", sfbd.
F4 U Corsair Part 2
In Detail & Scale Vol. 56

Complete the F4U photo-essay begun in Part 1 with coverage of the F4U-4  through the F4U-7. Again featuring both period photos and modern photos of  restored Corsairs, you get a great look at the later Corsair (including the ground attack AU-1) variants both inside and out. Great, low-cost reference for the modeler or enthusiast, you get 200+ photos, 3-view drawings and detailed line art. 79 pgs.  with 16 in color, 8½"x 11", sfbd.

A Marine Night-Fighter Pilot in World War II 
Porter & Hammel. 

Through Bruce Porter's  writing, you'll live the challenges, frustrations, and triumphs of training, of victories in  a Corsair in the Solomons, and of achieving ace status as a night fighter at Okinawa. A fabulous Marine combat story with an introduction by "Pappy" Boyington. 280 pgs., 20 photos, 6"x 9", sfbd.

Duels in the Sky : World War II Naval Aircraft in Combat 
by Eric M., Captain Brown 
Hardcover - 222 pages (December 1988)

Hardcover: 222 pages
Publisher: Naval Inst Pr; 1St Edition edition (December 1988)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0870210637
ISBN-13: 978-0870210631

Pratt & Whitney's Dependable Masterpiece. 
Graham White.

During WWII, Pratt and  Whitney's R-2800 18-cylinder radial, the "Double Wasp," was used exclusively for  fighters and medium bombers such as the P-47, the F6F Hellcat, the F4U Corsair, and  the B-26 and A-26 twin-engine mediums. Post-war, its reliability commended its use  for long-range patrol planes and for the DC-6, Martin 404, and Convair transports. This is the story of the engine that helped lead a nation to victory in war, and of the  men and women who made it all possible. 726 pgs., 8½"x 11", hdbd.

F4 U Corsair Part 1
In Detail & Scale Vol. 55

A photo essay of the F4U Corsair covering the XF4U through the F2G.  Featuring both period photos many from Vought - and modern photos of restored  Corsairs, you get a great look at early Corsair variants both inside and out. Be sure  to order Part 2 below to complete this Corsair set. Great, low-cost reference for the  modeler or enthusiast, you get 200+ photos, 3-view drawings and detailed line art. 79 pgs. with 8 in color, 8½"x 11", sfbd

The Corsair Years
Jones.  "With a vivid memory, Captain Andrew Jones recreates his World War II experience as a Marine pilot of the legendary F4 U. His story of one man's war, told with verve and skill, is an eloquent testimony. His book should find a well deserved  place in the annals of the Pacific Campaign." - James A. Michener. 176 pgs., 35 B&W photos, 6" x 9", hdbd.

Marine Fighting Squadron 121

VMF-121 was established in June, 1941 and deployed to Guadalcanal in October, 1942, flying the Grumman F4F-Wildcat. The unit later converted to the F4U Corsair  and remained in combat until the end of the war. One of the Marines highest scoring  aces, Joe Foss, flew with VMF-121. The squadron had a total of fourteen aces on its  roles. Over 150 photos, 8 pages of color, 80 pgs., 8½"x 11", sfbd.

Vought F4 U Corsair (Warbird Tech Series , Vol 4) 
by Barrett Tillman 

Tillman. Sleek, clean, innovative: the Corsair was loaded with power and potential.  Here is a look at the design and construction of the aircraft, including carrier action  photos, air racing Corsairs, Korean combat models, and the F2G-the ultimate Corsair.  104 pgs. with 125 color and B&W photos and 15 drawings and diagrams. 8½"x 11", sfbd.

The WarbirdTech series is the first new, innovative look at military aircraft to arrive in the marketplace in the last  fifteen years. Individual volumes in this series provide a first-ever "layman's technical" analysis and review of the  world's most exciting combat aircraft. Included are photos, drawings and excerpts from previously "secret" and  "restricted" technical manuals produced by the government and the aircraft manufacturers. Included are vintage  photos of aircraft during prototype and manufacturing stages, exploded views, cutaways and phantom drawings  form tech manuals, disassembled aircraft, rare variants and experimental models etc. Special emphasis is placed  on the unique and ground-breaking design and performance aspects of each aircraft. 

This series is for the enthusiast who has read all the combat stories, seen all the camouflage and markings books and now wants to learn the fascinating technical details behind the design and performance of combat aircraft. 

The Blue Devils
US Navy & Marine Corps Aces of World War II
Styling & Tillman. When America plunged into war after the attack on Pearl Harbor, naval aviators flying from Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers held the line, later joined by their Marine counterparts. The exploits of the Wildcat, Hellcat and Corsair aces are detailed in this exhaustive volume combining Aircraft of the Aces volumes 3, 8 and 10. 288 pages, 292 B&W photographs, 119 color illustrations, 7"x 10", hardcover.



F4U CORSAIR Specifications

Single seat carrier launched
Powerplant: one 2,000-hp Pratt &  Whitney R-2800-8 radial piston engine 

Maximum Speed:
417 mph (671km/h) at 19,000 ft (6065m)
316 mph (509 km/h) at sea level
Initial Climb: 2,890 ft (881m) per  minute
Service Ceiling: 36,900 ft (11247m)
Max Range: 1,015 miles (1633 km)

Max Weights
Empty: 8,982 lb (4074 kg)
Loaded: 14,000 lb (6350kg)

Wing Span: 41 ft (12.5m)
Length: 33 ft 4 in (10.16m)
Height:16 ft 1 in (4.9m)
Wing Area: 314 sq ft (29.15m2)

6 X 0.5 (12.7mm) machine guns

Bomb Load (F4U1-D): 2,000 lb (1818 kg)


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