1950 Chance Vought F4U-5NL
s/n 124541 D-FCOR
Korean War Veteran - Flew with VMF-513 "Flying Nightmares"
Photos - Main Photo by Thomas Culka. Gallery photos Matthias Dorst and Ian Garfield - www.iangarfield.co.uk
Airframe: 411.0 Hrs TT Since Restoration
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R2800 CB3 – Serial No. P33659. 22.0 Hrs SMOH by Anderson Airomotive Inc, ID, USA
Prop: Hamilton Standard 24E60-159 – Serial No. A-2176. 22.0 Hrs SMOH by San Antonio Propeller, TX, USA. AD complied with February 2020
Garmin SL30 Nav/Com
Garmin SL40 Com
Garmin GTX 330 Transponder
Additional: 2010 new fuel cell - Aerotech, 2012 new brake system and oxygen-system restoration, 2020 new hoses fuel and oil
Exterior: VMF 513 Flying Nightmares Korea. 9/10
Interior: Military 8/10
Location: Bremgarten, Germany
Status: In Annual – Expires 13 October 2021. “As Is Where Is”
About: This example is a Chance Vought F4U-5NL Corsair. The -5 Series being the
first post-war model and said by many to be the nicest of all to fly. Flight testing began in April 1946, with production ending after only 538 aircraft being built by October 1951 - of which 315 aircraft were built as the -5NL version. Approximately six (6) -5 examples remain in airworthy condition today.
The Military History Cards record #124541 being allocated to VMF 513.
This squadron operated in combat during the Korean War and became well known as the Flying Nightmares – one of the most important operational units of the U.S. Marines at the time. #124541 is probably the last surviving F4U-5NL operated by the Flying Nightmares.
After Corsair #124541 was retired from U.S. service, she was sold to the Argentine Navy - the Armada. In the Argentine Armada, she was listed as 0433. The aircraft received the tactical code 2-A-202 and served with 2nd Esquadrilla de Ataque from early 1959, and subsequently received the tactical code 3-A-204. The fighter was then assigned to the Argentinian aircraft carrier "Independencia". On 6 November 1964, #124541 was involved in a landing accident with Lt. Jorge Pitaluga at the controls. The aircraft was subsequently retired in April 1966 and stored in the Naval Museum (El Tigre) as a gate-guard.
In December 2009, the aircraft was acquired by Max-Alpha Aviation GmbH and
was extensively flown throughout Europe during the 2010 season. It was then decided to restore the aircraft back to its original -5 configuration by Meier Motors of Bremgarten, Germany. A thorough and comprehensive job, the Corsair was completely stripped and overhauled. The F4U-5NL Serial No. 124541 rolled-out of the Meier Motors workshop with fresh Engine, Propeller, Avionics, Fabric and looking resplendent in the colors of VMF 513 Flying Nightmares and as she served during the Korean War.