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Corsair KD 431

Built at Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Aircraft Co as FG-1A, Buaer n.o. 14862 - c.n. 1871

22/08/1944 - first test flight at the Goodyear factory, Akron, Ohio
23/08/1944 - second test flight at the Goodyear factory, Akron, Ohio
10 or 11/1944 - delivery to Lockheed, Glasgow, Scotland
8/11/1944 - no. 23 Maintenance Unit (MU), Aldergrove
15/01/1945 - no. 48 MU, Hawarden
16/01/1945 - to Stretton
06/1945 - 835 Sqn, Eglinton
29/07/1945 - to HMS Premier
31/07/1945 - to HMS Patroller
09/1945 - 768 Sqn at RNAS Ballhalbert
17/09/1945 - to HMS Premier
10/1945 - 768 Sqn, RNAS East Haven
07/12/1945 - last known deck landing
03/07/1946 - to Cranfield College
06/1963 - to Fleet Air Arm Museum
11/1999 - moved to FAAM restoration hangar for inspection
01/2000 - project begins to remove 1963 paint
04/2005 - work completed
09/08/2005 - roll out ceremony to return aircraft to display in FAAM

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Role - Single seat fighter/bomber 

Manufacturers - Goodyear Aircraft Company, Akron, Ohio, USA

Power plant - One 2,000 hp Pratt and Whitney R-2800-8 Double Wasp 

Wingspan - 41ft

Length - 34ft 5ins

Height - 15ft 1in

Weight - 9,100lbs empty

Max speed - 415mph

Duration - approx. 1,500 miles cruising with max fuel load

Armament - Six 0.50 calibre guns in the wings


Other exhibits in this hall

  • North American Harvard III (EX976) North American Harvard III (EX976)
  • Grumman Avenger ECM6B (XB446) Grumman Avenger ECM6B (XB446)
  • Supermarine Seafire F17 (SX137) Supermarine Seafire F17 (SX137)
  • Grumman Hellcat II (KE209) Grumman Hellcat II (KE209)
  • Fairey Firefly TT1 (Z2033) Fairey Firefly TT1 (Z2033)
  • Fairey Fulmar (N1854) Fairey Fulmar (N1854)
  • Fairey Swordfish II (HS618) Fairey Swordfish II (HS618)
  • Focke Achgelis FA330A-1 (100545) Focke Achgelis FA330A-1 (100545)
  • Grumman Martlet AL246 Grumman Martlet AL246
  • Westland Dragonfly HR5 (WN493) Westland Dragonfly HR5 (WN493)
  • Hawker Sea Fury FB11 (WJ231) Hawker Sea Fury FB11 (WJ231)
  • LIM2 (MIG 15 copy) (01420/G-BMZF) LIM2 (MIG 15 copy) (01420/G-BMZF)

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