Vought F4U Corsair USMC VMF-124, White 13 , Ken Walsh, Munda, Solomon Islands, 1943, Landing Configuration
Already an accomplished aerial ace, Lt. Walsh set out on August 30, 1943, on a critical escort mission. When his warbird failed, he abandoned it at Munda, replaced it with another, and set back out. Disconnected from his escort group, however, left him vulnerable as he approached a menacing sight: 50 Japanese Zeros. Without hesitation, Walsh attacked the overwhelming force — by himself! — and took down four enemy aircraft before making a dead-stick landing off Vella Lavella, displaying the signature bravery and heroism that earned him the highest military decoration.
Please note: This model features wing-flaps that are permanently extended in the landing/parked position.
Vought F4U Corsair
Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for a single-seat carrier based fighter, the F4U was first flown on May 29th, 1940. This versatile aircraft saw service with both the Navy and Marine Corps in WW II and in the Korean War. During its lifetime, the Corsair underwent numerous improvements such as a lengthened fuselage, a high visibility bubble-top canopy and folding inverted gull wings that provided clearance for a large propeller. Its performance advantage, 400 mph capability, the ability to withstand punishment and six .50 Browning machine guns made the F4U a devastating weapon against aircraft, ground targets and ships.
Hobby Master's 1:48 scale F4U Corsair features wings that can be configured in the extended "flying" position or the folded "parking" configuration.
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