The Aircraft

Vought Corsair F4U-5N (F-AZEG)

  • Vought Corsair F4U-5N
  • Operator: AJBS Les Casques de Cuir
  • Year of Manufacture: 1951
  • Powered by: one Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W
  • Colour Scheme: VC-3 Night Fighter Squadron. USS ‘Princeton’.

 

Vought Corsair F4U-5N (B/N 124724) was originally constructed in 1951 and delivered to the US Navy in September of that year. In 1952, it was assigned to VC-3 and went on to operate from USS Valley Forge and USS Boxer before returning to the US in 1953.

In 1956 the Corsair was delivered to Honduras and saw action in the “Soccer War” with El Salvador, operating with Fuerza Area Hondurena as FAH 600. After retirement from service, the Corsair passed through the hands of a number of owners before being acquired by Jean Salis’ Les Casques de Cuir collection based in La Ferté-Alais, France in 1986.

 

Large image: Xavier Meal

Small image: Harry Measures