Corsairs Over Connecticut
03, 04, 05 June 2005 at Sikorsky Memorial Airport
Stratford, Connecticut.

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The two women are Victoria Vought and Leslie Vought-Kuenne
the granddaughters of Chance Vought

This is the Vought family members that were at the show.

This is Gerry Beck Pilot of the 310 Corsair.
This Corsair was the second to last that was built in the Stratford Plant.
Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair Bu#97388, carrying U.S. Civil registration number
NX72378, is owned and flown by Gerald Beck of Wahpeton, North Dakota. The
Corsair, a former Honduran machine (FAH 610), was salvaged from that country by
Earl Ware in 1981, and subsequently sold on to Mr. Beck and became a long term
restoration project.

The big eighteen cylinder 2200 horse power engine in the Corsair takes some
special know how to start. Gerry is about to start the engine. This and the next two
pictures will show just what happens when the engine is started.

After cranking over a few times the engine will start to fire, first on one or two
cylinders then more will start to fire.
When the big R2800 is running on all eighteen cylinders and the sound that fills the
air, you will get the full effect of just how powerful the engine is.

After all cylinders are running and the oil is up to running temperature, and the
wings are opened and locked in the flight position will the Corsair start to taxi.

Victoria Vought in the Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair.

Chris having his picture taken by Bob Cargill one of the photographers.

This looks like the pilot doing the walk-a-round preflight, but actually the pilot
is talking to the audience and explaining about the Corsair.

Here we see Mark Tisler from Tristate Aviation, Wahpeton, ND helping me
into the cockpit of the 310 Corsair. Photo by Mark Morris.

Here Mark is holding the step open for me.
Photo by Mark Morris.

At last I am sitting in the Mighty Corsair.
What to do now? See the next few photos for the inside view.
Photo by Mark Morris.

This is the instrument panel.

Looking forward, this is the reason the Corsair is difficult to taxi.

This is the left panel.

This is the right panel.

This is the lower half of the instrument panel. Also the control stick and the two
rudder pedals and toe breaks. Notice the top of the rudder pedals the word

This may be a little hard to see, but there is a little red flag near the fold in the wing.
That flag lets the pilot know that the wing is not locked in position for flight.

Looking over the top of the canopy.

Here again that flag lets the pilot know that the wing is not locked in position
for flight.

Aircraft to the left.

Aircraft to the right.

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Started on: 14 July 2005
Last revised: 30 January, 2011 by ThistleGroup.