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With more than 12 000 built in six main versions and used by some air forces until the 1970s, the emblematic aircraft of above all the Pacific war, and a television star, the Chance Vought F4U Corsair was undoubtedly one of the most famous aircraft in aviation history.

After difficult beginnings, the Corsair – immediately recognisable by its cranked wings imposed by the large diameter propeller – was one of the factors of the USN’s air arm’s successes during the World War Two, earning itself the nickname of “whistling death” when attacking because of its engine noise and wing layout.

Because there was no immediate, effective successor, it bravely took up service again for the Korean War during which it carried out almost 80% of the ground attack missions. The United States were the main users of the F4U, but the British Fleet Air Arm also flew them during the Second World War, including in the European theatre whilst France, for whom a special version was made by Vought, only withdrew its last Corsairs from service at the beginning of the

1960s, after using them in combat in Algeria and Suez.
In almost 144 pages, these two illustrators and specialists in world aviation have realised almost
200 unpublished profiles of this legendary aircraft. 


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Bruno Pautigny - Nicholas Gohin

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