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Corsair F4U

Connecticut State Aircraft

F4U-1 Corsair performs a high speed turn photo by Warwick Annear on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Corsair F4U

Connecticut designated the Corsair F4U as the official state aircraft in 2005 (Connecticut also recognizes a state ship and tall ship ambassador). The F4U Corsair was one of the best fighter-bomber aircraft during World War II and the Korean War.

The Corsair F4U was distinct because of the inverted gull-wing design (which allowed ground clearance for the huge 3-blade propeller). Over 12,000 Corsairs were built between 1938 and 1945 by Connecticut workers at Hamilton Standard, United Aircraft, Pratt and Whitney, and Vought-Sikorsky.