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Distinguished from other World War II Allied fighter aircraft by its gull-wing design, the Chance Vought F4U Corsair was nicknamed the “Whistling Death” by Japanese airmen. Flying from aircraft carrier decks and land bases, the Corsair was piloted by airmen of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the British Royal Navy and the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The Corsair was also used as a fighter bomber, carrying rockets, napalm, and conventional ordnance. The service life of the Corsair extended several decades, and the aircraft was used extensively in the Korean War. During World War II, the Corsair gained fame as the plane flown by VMF-214, the U.S. Marine fighter squadron commanded by the legendary Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington and known as the Black Sheep.



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