The development of the Corsair began in 1938, when the US Navy issued a request for a new single-seat carrier-based fighter. The Chance-Vought company won the contract with their unique, gull-winged airframe pulled by the largest engine then available, the Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp; the world's fastest and most powerful engine at the time. The Corsair served with the US Navy, US Marines, the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force (and later, the French Aeronavale), and quickly became the most capable carrier-based fighter/bomber of the war. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought's manufacturing capability, resulting in additional aircraft being produced by the Goodyear Company (as the FG-1 and the Brewster Company (as the F3A-1). Production ceased in 1952.
The Corsair of Hawaii is a piece of history that scuba divers of Hawaii can enjoy. Although not a causality of war, the Corsair plane wreck in Hawaii has seen action in different theaters in the Pacific. Nowadays most of the action the Corsair plane wreck sees is from divers making this a great Oahu scuba diving location. This unique card provides a detailed depiction of the Navy 4 Corsair wreck in Oahu, Hawaii. Each waterproof card is printed on both sides, made of durable PVC plastic, and is designed to be taken on the dive. They are also 3-hole punched to fit in standard log books and lanyards. Card measures (W x L) 5.5" x 8.5" (14cm x 21.6cm) and makes a great gift idea.