Thanks. Every time I see an F4U on the cover of Classic Wings I buy a copy, even better if it has a resto article. I’ve had about 4 or 5 foamy Corsair RC models. I started building a standoff scale one for 95:55 some years ago but it hasn’t got far and I’ve rebuilt 4 other aircraft in the meanwhile.
the Mark 1 was the pilot killer. Wing dropping close to stall or on sudden application of power for a go-around were early problems. Mark 2 onwards more stable and better undercarriage. US Marines weren’t happy and preferred their Hellcats. The Brits and NZ Corsair F4’s ended up doing a lot of carrier work in the islands and very effectively, too.KGW - Gee, that's a shocking loss rate for the Corsairs, particularly when you say nearly 90% were lost in operational and training accidents. Just goes to show what a handful the Corsair was.
How many of the RNZAF Corsairs operated off carriers? Did NZ actually have any carriers during WW2? Did all the Corsairs operate out of NZ, or were they spread around the Pacific?
I'm guessing some of the NZ Corsairs would have operated off British and American carriers?