The engine was so massive and produced so much energy that a Hamilton Standard 13 feet 4
inch propeller, the largest of WWII, was required. The F4U was the first American fighter aircraft
to exceed 400 MPH. The Corsair was referred to by the Japanese as “Whispering Death” and
became a legend in its own time. This aircraft was one of the most distinctive designs with it
bent wings making it an icon.

Vought F4U-1A serial number 883 Bu.No.17883 belonged to VMF-214 “Black Sheep” and was a
shared ride for Major Greg “Pappy” Boyington and 1st Lt. Bob McClurg. The aircraft wore the
name “Martha” which was McClurg’s mother’s name. On August 7, 1943 McClurg joined
VMF-214 and served two tours with VMF-214 scoring seven victories between September 16,
1943 – December 28,1943. In September 1943 Greg Boyington took command of VMF-214. On
December 26, 1943 Major Boyington shot down four Zeros over Rabaul. Boyington had 20
victories with VMF-214.

Specifications for the Vought F4U-1A

Total Aircraft Manufactured - 12,571 of 24 variants

Manufactured By – Vought and under license by Goodyear and Brewster

Crew – 1 pilot

Length – 33 ft 4in   (10.1 m)
Wingspan – 41 ft 0 in   (12.5 m)
Height – 16 ft 1 in   (4.9 m)

Powerplant – 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8W radial engine producing 2,250 HP   (1,678 kW)
Maximum Speed – 425 mph   (369 kn / 684 kph)
Service Ceiling – 36,900 ft   (11,200 m)
Rate of Climb – 3,180 ft/min   (16.2 m/s)
Range – 1,015 mi   (882 nm / 1,633 km)

Empty – 8,982 lb   (4,073 kg)
Loaded – 14,000 lb   (6,300 kg)

6 x 0.50 in (12.7 mm) AN/M2 Browning Machine guns with 400 rounds per gun for 4 and 375
rounds per gun for two.
Rockets – 4 x 5 in. (12.7 cm) High Velocity Aircraft Rockets
Bombs – 2,000 lbs. (910 kg)
1/48 scale pre-finished.
Straight wing section can be removed and replaced with a section that makes
it look like the wings are folded, no hinges.
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
Professionally painted.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Canopy slides open.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
Option to easily remove the landing gear and cover the openings with doors.
Extremely sought after by collectors.
Hobby Master 1/48 Air Power Series
F4U-1A Corsair
White 883 "Martha"
1st Lt. Bob McClurg &
Major Greg Boyington
VMF-214, Dec 1943
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