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
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.
FG-1D Corsair "N92GY" History