The Time Capsule Fighter Corsair KD431


This is a must for all Corsair buffs. The book will also appeal strongly to all readers who are interested in the preservation and conservation of heritage. It is essential reading for aviation enthusiasts and those interested in aerospace engineering. The author is Curator of Aircraft at the world famous Fleet Air Arm Museum located within the Royal Navy’s HMS Heron airbase. The museum has a most remarkable collection of naval aviation artefacts from the first pioneering days of British naval aviators and curiously includes a Concorde SST and supersonic research aircraft. One unusual feature of the FAA Museum is that the public can get close enough to touch the exhibits. The Museum also has a rare attitude to preservation and conservation. Great efforts are made to ensure not only authenticity for all displays, but to use the artefacts to tell the stories of the development and practices of naval aviation from design and production to operation and archaeology. The subject of the book is one specific Chance Vought Corsair KD431. It is an absorbing detective story. When the Corsair first entered US service it was regarded very much as a hot rod by the US Navy who believed that it was too fast to operate from carriers at sea. It was only when the FAA began operating Corsairs from their smaller British carriers that the USN decided to issue the aircraft to their squadrons afloat as well as to Marine squadrons ashore. The Corsair proved to be an outstanding naval aircraft and Morris has included accounts from former Corsair pilots who remember the aircraft with great affection

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