More nostalgia flights @ Chino – F4U-1 Corsair (and a Bearcat)
These shots were taken from the open gunner's seat of the museum's T-6 - the best photo platform possible, turned around facing aft completely out in the open. The nice pretty blue shots were taken in November 2002, a beautiful, perfect day for air-to-air photography, after the summer crud from the temperature inversions goes away. The shots of the Corsair with the museum's F8F Bearcat were a year later in November, also from the T-6 - a hazier day with the very last of the Santa Annas bringing a minor temperature inversion.
The Planes of Fame F4U-1 is the oldest Corsair still flying. It began life as an F4U-1 "birdcage" and was one of the first to become an F4U-1A on the production line (though it flies today with an F4U-1D canopy). The scheme is more appropriate for a "birdcage" - field-applied "tricolor" - Sea Blue over Blue-Grey and Light Grey. Yes, those windows behind the canopy are for the person brave enough to climb in back there and go riding in the jump seat.