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HA8222 F4U-1A Corsair 915, VMF-214 "Black Sheep", Jan 3rd, 1944
"Major Greg Boyington's last mission"

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.

VMF-214 squadron was led by Greg “Pappy” Boyington and because it was comprised of pilots gathered from other squadrons it became known as the “Black Sheep”. Boyington and his pilots earned a reputation as being unconventional on the ground and in the air. On January 3, 1944 as part of a 46 aircraft sortie the “Black Sheep” headed for a fighter sweep of Rabaul with Greg Boyington in command. Boyington shot down 1 Zero and but his 915 was shot down and he became a POW until September 1945.

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
Dimensions
Length – 33 ft 4in (10.1 m) Wingspan – 41 ft 0 in (12.5 m) Height – 16 ft 1 in (4.9 m)
Performance
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)
Weight
Empty – 8,982 lb (4,073 kg) Loaded – 14,000 lb (6,300 kg)
Armament
Guns 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 And/or Bombs – 2,000 lbs. (910 kg)