FG-1D Dixie Wing
Peachtree City, GA
|Role||Carrier-based fighter aircraft, fighter-bomber, attack aircraft, air racer|
|Power||1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W radial engine, 2,380 hp|
|Length||33 ft 8 in|
|Height||14 ft 9 in|
|Wingspan||41 ft 0 in|
Our corsair was built by Goodyear hence the designation FG instead of F4U. BuNo 92468 (Stands for “Bureau Number” which is the Navy serial number of the airframe) never saw military combat but was used stateside in various roles until being stricken from active duty by the US Navy in 1956. BuNo 92468 was rescued from destruction in 1957 by Ernest Huggins. Ernest only held the corsair for one year when he transferred ownership to Skip Underwood of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Underwood relocated the plane to an airstrip in Buckeye, Arizona where he had a small crop dusting operation and it remained there in storage until sold in 1960 to CAF Hall of Fame member Marvin L. “Lefty” Gardner.
In 2001 the Corsair painted was at the Vought Industries Dallas facility as #530 from VMF-312 representing 1st Lt. MO Chance.