F4u- Corsair Aluminium By: GIANNIS MITZAS

F4U-1D Sally, Turtle Bay / Espiritu Santos / New Hebrides, VMF 122

Watch out, the high rear wheel comes from the F4u-1 version, the Marines. They are visible here and damaged, holes in the gun. on the front of the wings
F4U-1D (894, Buno 57797) από την SS-11, Espirito Santos (New Hebrides), 1944.
A friend asked me if all the Corsair they fought in WW II. It is blue. Somewhere I had seen this unique Corsair. I wasn't sure, however, to give a substantiated answer. I did some research. Extensive for colors, in all Squadrons and for the duration of the war. photography was not widespread. As it is today, there were no color films. That the planes had a short lifespan and that, due to the weather conditions that prevailed. They had extensive damage and many patches, with whatever color there was stock. This explains the bastardization of the variant, an issue that causes great headache for airline models and researchers.

F4U-1D Sally, Turtle Bay / Espiritu Santos / New Hebrides, VMF 122.
 In early 1944
This mysterious Corsair, was absolutely the creation of workers and skilled sailors made by personnel from garbage and spare parts from Squadron 11 (SS-11). He did not carry weapons, an arrest hook, a catapult hook or ammunition. Generally painted in G Aluminum (FS17178) with black markings. Later in 1944 the machine was camouflaged in deep blue sea and marked with the numbers 894 to represent a fictitious office number and then transferred to reconnaissance flights.




At first I thought it wasn't painted but it was completely faded. Revealing the aluminum color from the plane's hull. Looking carefully unpainted. P-51 & P-47. It does not have the appearance of a sheet metal. Is very . Flat between the panels and very clean. Like freshly painted. The wheels show a paint spray on contact with the tires. Without being insulated, during the process. The Corsair. It has fabric on the wings and wooden steering wheels. In contrast to the P-51 & P-47. Which are all dressed in aluminum. color, of the name (Sally), to be red. The symbols are black. (SS 11) On the spindle and on the front cover, the wheels. In black there is also a strip in front of the cockpit, up to the engine accessories. To have a reflection from the Sun to the pilot.

Here it seems that for some reason. It had insulation tape, on the engine accessories. It appears that the paint has been painted aluminum and then the film has been removed.
F4U-1D under the name "SALLY" The aircraft was built as .SS-11. Reconstruction. of the other five Corsair with trunk one F4u-1A has the number 894. (shipwreck) It had a new cockpit. Whenever it is not clear if the formula is F4u-1A or F4u-1D. It was without weapons and ammunition boxes. Gang landing (catapult hook). The rear wheel, coming forward, from an F4u-1


 Pallanne At the end of 1944. In this picture, the plane is painted in Sea Blue FS-25042 and has the number 894, in white. The keel (Vertical fixed) is also a white stripe.
In the Pacific War, it was easy for cannibalism to take off on other aircraft, so that others could be put on high alert. In times of war, it was not the easiest thing to do. For these reasons, the engineers tried their best to keep the Squadrons in full flight. These are the main reasons we see, many modifications and differentiations, from plane to plane. At the same time, the same Squadron.
Unit: SS-11, US Navy
Serial: 894 (BuNo.57797)
This aircraft was formed by divisions of five damaged Corsairs from the Service Squadron Eleven - SS-11 in Espiritu Santos, New Hebrides in 1944. It flew as an educational (target) with the aluminum color. He was later transferred to Peleliu, where he painted the whole and used FS-25042 as a reconnaissance. At the end of 1944 it collapsed and was destroyed.



F4u-1 Corsair RNZAF



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F4u-1D Corsair  NZ5526

 F4U-1D, που χρησιμοποιείται ως εκπαιδευτής στην πιλοτική εκπαιδευτική μονάδα RNZAF της Wigram.
There are three photos on page 182 of Warren Russells Corsair Special in the color series of New Zealand Air Force aircraft.
The F4u-1D Corsair of New Zealand. They were all aluminum-plated. It seems that only the rudders and the anti-skid panels on the wings are aluminum color (NZ 5531)
"A) the F4U-1 NZ5526, one of the only two Corsairs to be painted in this overall Aluminum shape. black, dome cap and wheel axle - Red, main wheels - unpainted magnesium alloy.
B) NZ5526 at the School of Electrical and Wireless, Wigram, 1946, as INST118 Training Stadium.
C) The F4U-1 NZ5531, the second Corsair to have the overall aluminum shape, appears here in Rukuhia, Hamilton, in 1947, awaiting sale by tender. The only difference between this Corsair and the NZ5526 above is the FF3 finflash and the black rear lift.

The proportions of the round texts look like 5: 3: 1, and the blue in the photos looks quite pale. I guess the big question is: were the planes just plain aluminum, or were they painted in aluminum? The caption seems to suggest color and the tone in the photos looks quite uniform - but who can tell?

XF4u-1 Corsair

The XF4u-1 Corsair is the original, before the production line. At that time, this paint was used on naval planes. Aluminum with yellow semi-gloss. On the upper surface, the front wing. I should clarify that the XF4u-1. It is painted with a matte aluminum in its entirety. It has a red circle, in the center of the star, in the coat of arms and in red anti-fire color. It is the engine bell.



GIANNIS MITZAS