The first Vought F4U Corsair was delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1940 but due to landing performance issues it became a land based fighter bomber for the U.S. Marines. Known as "whistling death" by the Japanese the aircraft served with distinction in both World War II in the Pacific Theater and during the Korean conflict. In total there were 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured between 1942 and 1953.
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Grumman TBM-3 Avenger, bu85983, piloted by Chuck Wentworth is taxied during the 2013 Grass Valley Airfest held at the Nevada County Airport in California's gold country. This aircraft, like many of the former World War II torpedo bombers saw duty as sprayers and aerial firefighting platforms.
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