Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair relic display - combining Ron Cole's latest piece, depicting a VF-17 Corsair in the South Pacific c. mid-1943, and a near-perfectly-well-preserved large piece of upper fuselage skin with gloss Navy blue original paint.
The F4U Corsair was one of the best heavy fighters of World War II. Designed around its huge R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine, the Corsair was fast, and feared by the enemies it met in combat. One of the most advanced production aircraft of the war, it incorporated numerous new technologies, and teething troubles; particularly while operating from aircraft carriers. It was often operated from land bases, where its handicaps were less troublesome.
This section of aluminum was cut from an upper fuselage access panel, taken from a war-weary F4U-1 awaiting salvage in Kingman, Arizona, in 1947. It measures roughly 1.25 x 2.5-inches, and retains 95% of its original gloss Navy blue exterior paint. Very rare material, as U.S. Navy aircraft remains are extremely hard to find, and remains in the South Pacific are, today, in very poor condition.
Artwork size: 11 x 17-inches, size including frame: 13 x 19-inches. Ready to hang!
Much requested! Won't last long. Limited edition - signed & numbered.
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