One of the most powerful and successful USN and US Marine single engine fighters of the War in the Pacific was the Vought F4U Corsair.
Its heavy armament and munitions carrying capabilities and sheer fire power also saw it serving in the Korean War as a close ground support fighter as part of the UN carrier fleet and land-based US Army Marine squadrons.
Whilst outclassed by the new generation of jet fighters, radar equipped F4U Corsairs found themselves also used as interceptors against the North Korean night raiders.
Carrier-launched Corsair Squadrons supported UN infantry actions and attacked large North Korean incursions up and down the Korean Peninsular with one Corsair flown by Army pilot Capt. Jesse Folma, destroying two North Korean MiG 15’s.
Naval F4U pilot Lt Guy Bordelon flying a radar equiped night-time interceptor F4U-5N went onto become the US Navy’s sole fighter ace during the conflict.
This Bendix - Scintilla Type EF Magneto Switch is an original survivor of this often little known but deadly conflict between UN and North Korean/Chinese forces in the early 50s and with its highly detailed, custom built model of this War in the Pacific and Korean War USN fighter perched above its 100yr old Mango Wood display stand, its sure to be a talking point for many generations to come.
* Note that this F4-U Collectable is pictured with a 1/48 Die Cast scale model rather than the standard detailed, but smaller 1/72 scale custom built, or more detailed 1/48 scale Custom Built Model. Click on the ‘Model Upgrade' option at the top of this page for the larger 1/48 scale Diecast or Custom Built as displayed here.
This Vought F4U Corsair Instrument Collectable comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in the aircraft's cockpit
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