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Sanders Aeronautics Goodyear FG-1D Corsair "N92GY"

Sander Aeronautics is the proud owner and restorer of Goodyear FG-1D Corsair "N92GY" (BuNo 92304).

BuNo 92304 was purchased surplus in 1958 for a reported $3000 and ferried to St. Louis MO, for use a “wind machine” by Cupples Products. It was used to test glass wall panels for high rise buildings. In 1994 the aircraft was sold and has passed through several private owners, including Chuck Greenhill, before ending up in August 2009 at Sanders Aeronautics who will complete a full restoration of the warbird.

The aft fuselage was removed during use and was scrapped. Another rear section has been obtained and will be used during the restoration.

The stock Pratt & Whitney R-2800-8 2,000 hp engine has been removed from the aircraft and is
being overhauled at Anderson Aeromotive in Grangeville, Idaho. The original 3 blade Hamilton Standard 33D50
prop, cowling, engine mount and ducting, landing gear, wing and center section where all obtained for the project.

The Corsair was conceived in early 1938 in response to a US Navy requirement for a high-speed, high altitude fighter, the prototype inverted gullwinged XF4U-1 Corsair first took to the air in May 1940 and immediately proved itself to be one of the fastest fighter aircraft in the world. In June 1941, the Navy issued the first production contract for the somewhat revised F4U-1 model and the basic design continued in production until January 1953, at which time over 12,800 Corsairs of all models had been built. The FG-1D is virtually identical to the Chance Vought F4U-1D Corsair, and was built under contract by Goodyear to keep up with demand for the design, which first flew in 1940.

During World War II the Corsair proved more than a match for the Japanese Zero and other advanced Japanese fighters. The Corsair achieved an impressive eleven-to-one victory ratio against Japanese aircraft. Corsairs also excelled in the ground attack role and were heavily employed as close air support aircraft during the Pacific island hopping campaign.

As a testament to the plane's effectiveness, Japanese ground troops nicknamed the Corsair “the Whistling Death” (the plane's distinctive whistling was caused by airflow over the F4U's leading edge oil coolers). Later during the Korean War, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps used the plane almost exclusively in the attack role, carrying high explosive bombs, napalm and high-velocity aircraft rockets. Corsairs were instrumental in the Marine's famous “advance in a different direction” from the Chosin Reservoir in December 1950.

 Goodyear FG-1D Corsair "N92GY" History

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