In February of 1938, the U. S. Navy opened design competition for a high-speed, high-altitude fighter airplane.  Headed by Rex Beisel, Vought's chief engineer, the company set out to produce the naval fighter of its day.  What emerged was the XF4U-1. The most obvious innovation of this single-engine monoplane fighter, powered by a 1800-hp Pratt and Whitney radial engine, was the inverted gull wing.

The XF4U-1 was the first fighter to exceed a speed of over 400 miles per hour with a full military load.

 

 

Photo XF4U-1                               

XF4U-1

 

XF4U-1

 

XF4U-1

 

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Credit to US National Archives,  US NAVY, USMC, Vought, NACA, San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives (SDASM), Fleet Air Arm,  IWM (Imperial War Museums), Wikimedia Commons, National Library of New Zealand,Library of Congress.

A room with a VINTAGE XF4U-1 Vought Corsair view                                                                                       

VINTAGE XF4U-1 Vought Corsair                                                                                                                           

Credit to the Source  Ray Wagner Collection , credit to the author SDASM Archives

Credit to US National Archives,  US NAVY, USMC, Vought, NACA, San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives (SDASM), Fleet Air Arm,  IWM (Imperial War Museums), Wikimedia Commons, National Library of New Zealand,Library of Congress.