CJFM's Corsair Arrives
Classic Jets Fighter Museum has salvaged a WWII Corsair. This fighter is Vought F4U-1 Corsair, 02270 which forced landed, in a lagoon, out of fuel, near Quoin hill airfield on the north coast of Vanuatu island of Efate on May 5, 1944.
The Corsair was flown by Capt. James A.Vittitoe who force landed the Corsair after four hours and twelve minutes of flight. His was one of twelve Corsairs escorting thirty six SBD's on a bomber training mission, and as well as his force landing, two other F4U Corsairs were lost.
The fuselage was removed many years ago and although the remaining outer wings and centre section are badly corroded, ( Sixty five years in the lagoon certainly hasn’t improved their condition!! ), they serve as a good basis for a static rebuilt Corsair. Permission was sought and approved from the Vanuatu Cultural Centre to export the Corsair, along with a satisfactory financial arrangement with the Corsairs land owner.
As the restoration of the CJFM's Bell P-39 Airacobra A53-12 came to a close, individual CJFM volunteers transferred to the Corsair as their work on the P-39 concluded. The first stage was to build up of the new outer wings.
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