World War II Corsair Fighter Restored

A F4U Corsair, one of the two fighter planes that enabled American pilots to dominate the skies over the Pacific in World War II, has been restored by retirees of the plane’s manufacturer Vought Aircraft Industries. The Vought Aircraft Retirees Club has worked to restore many Vought-produced artifacts.

Vought produced over 12,000 Corsairs between 1942 and 1952, when the last one was produced by Vought’s Dallas plant for the French Navy. Only about 100 remain, and very few are in flying condition.

The Retirees Club purchased the wrecked Corsair for $200,000 in 2004. A couple hundred invited guest viewed the restored plane on Saturday in one of Vought Aircraft Industries hangars. The plane will remain in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, but its final home is not yet known.

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