Monday, April 30, 2012
WWII Allied Fighter Aircraft - The Far Side of the World
This video comes to us courtesy of Roger Dodger Aviation. It can give you a pretty good idea of the complexity of these machines. Fighter aircraft in the Pacific theater were a little different than the ones used in Europe, mostly because they belonged to the Navy, and the Navy was going to do things their way, which meant using radial engines, instead of the V style engines used in Europe. The Corsair was a standout. It was about the same size as the Army's fighters, but it was considerably heavier (4.5 tons as opposed to 3 tons). It also had a more powerful engine: 2,000 horsepower compared to 1,500.
The Corsair so impressed Young Park that he built not one, but two models of it (in 1/16th scale). This page has the full story and a bunch of pictures. I think this picture is especially good.
Via Scott, the Post-Hip guy.