Aircraft Data Sheet

for F4U-4 BuNo 96885


In production longer than any other US fighter of World War II, the Corsair had several claims to fame.  It was credited with an 11:1 ratio of kills to losses in action against Japanese aircraft and was the last piston-engined fighter in production of any of the US services.  Its greatest attribute, though, was the excellence of its overall performance, making it certainly the finest carrier-based fighter of any used by the combatants in World War II, and perhaps the best of any US fighters in that conflict.
(source: United States Navy Aircraft since 1911 by Gordon Swanborough and Peter Bowers)

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Remarks: This aircraft is loaned to USS Midway Museum by Ms. Lori Crown.  It was transported to the restoration hangar on 28 November 2006.  As part of its restoration, it will be painted with the markings of two Marine squadrons, VMF-225 and VMF-461, that operated the Corsair from USS Midway in the 1949 to 1952 time frame. 


BuNo 96885 Assignment Record

Not yet available.


Date of manufacture: Unknown 

Manufacturer: Vought-Sikorsky Division, United Aircraft Corporation












View the Corsair page in the National Museum of Naval Aviation web site.

Page updated on 19 December 2007