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Landing with flaps down on a very rainy wet day.


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bernard valnet
A wet take off....or a wet landing wih full flaps ???
Joe Wood
I assume the gentleman who took the photo would know...lol
John mcGeoghan
Were these Corsairs always carrier based?
Tom Wade
Also Island based in the Pacific. I worked with an old Master Sgt in 1960s before he retired who had been around Corsairs (He was passionate abt flying). He told me plane was known as a "widow-maker" in the Navy, due to high torque on carrier go-arounds. Navy "dumped" it to Marines. He said you could blindfold a Corsair pilot and he would walk in a circle, because of one rudder leg being so much stronger....
greg presley
@Joe Wood: Assume makes an ass of you and me :) <br /><br />@John: not an expert on it but I read a few books. They were initially land based (as the Black Sheep Squadron, popularized it later). As said rightly they were too big for the Americans initially. <br /><br />The Fleet Air Arm did equip with them and fought with their english carriers I think at the end of 1944 or beginning of 1945. After that the US Navy started to fly them from carriers.
greg presley
But that is a great picture!
Doug Cook
Always loved the gull shape
Greg Byington
The US Navy tried to use them on carriers, but the pilots had a hard time landing them due to the long nose blocking their view of the ship. They (or maybe it was the Brits) eventually figured a way to have them make a wide turning approach so the pilot could see the ship up until the end. I guess it worked a little better, but I think the Brits had better success with them on carriers. And I'm guessing the high torque issue was also a factor. It has a great big prop on it. In fact, the big prop was the reason they &quot;bent&quot; the wings. It was to raise the nose up so the prop would clear the ground without having to make the landing gear longer/bigger. But the Marines got more and better use of them as land based fighters, e.g. the Black Sheep. Anyway, I love Corsairs! Thanks for the great shot, Dirk!
John mcGeoghan
Any idea of numbers? Years of service?
ChristopherBoris Petroff
Whose roundel/insignia is that? Sans star, it is not USA's, is it?
ChristopherBoris Petroff
ChristopherBoris Petroff
Found it! Roundel used by the Fleet Air Arm / Royal Navy in the Pacific during WW2. The red center is deleted to avoid any mistake with the japanese roundel, and american-style bars have been added. See: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://cocardes.monde.online.fr/v2html/en/pays/royaume_uni.html#royaume_uni_rn_pac">http://cocardes.monde.online.fr/v2html/en/pays/royaume_uni.html#royaume_uni_rn_pac</a> scroll down.
And another variation of the British U.K. roundel as used by the Royal Air Force in WWII's CBI and SEAC theater is shown here...<br /><br /><a rel="nofollow" href="http://flightaware.com/photos/view/248147-0c208c9de5d2e950a88a480b806cb1889ffc91b8/user/Habujet/sort/votes/page/1">http://flightaware.com/photos/view/248147-0c208c9de5d2e950a88a480b806cb1889ffc91b8/user/Habujet/sort/votes/page/1</a>
ChristopherBoris Petroff
Hey cliff 731 - nice parlé and great photo. Best regards.
Dirk FierensPhoto Uploader
Ya it was a takeoff, in a very rainy day tks everyone.
ChristopherBoris Petroff... thank you for the kind words. Best regards to You also!
Marines flew these in WWII and Korea.<br />Father in Law was Crew Chief on one of these at El Toro MCAS after he returned from So. Pacific in '44 till war's end.<br />In 1968 I met one of the last Flying Sgts in the Corps. He drove one in Korea.<br />I think the French used them in Indo-China.
My father was a navy pilot from 1943-1946, then flew in the USNR through the early 50's. He flew the Hellcat, usually as a night-fighter pilot. I once asked him if he had flown Corsairs. He said that he had flown them a few times, but he did not like landing them. He commented on the position of the pilot and the long nose creating difficulties, and the landing gear being a little less stable for carrier landings. I am not real clear, but that is what I remember from a conversation 30 years ago. He also told me that his unit VF-33 flew Corsairs out of Guadalcanal, before he joined it.
Dirk FierensPhoto Uploader
Just to clarify actually this a/c was landing at the the time my apologies about that. This a/c is painted in the colors of Lt. Robert Hampton Gray R.C.N. attached to H.M.S. Formidable during the Pacific Campaign in which he was shot down and killed while attacking a Japanese destroyer receiving The Victoria Cross.
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