The Corsair

As I talked a little bit about the versatility of the Corsair back in WWII in Monday’s post, it seemed appropriate today to continue with that train of thought by showing some examples of the plane from its aerial fighting form to ground bombing. Believe it or not this happens to be the same Corsair. It’s an F4U-4 Corsair owned by Doug Mathews of Classic Fighters. I have been fortunate enough to be able to photograph it over the past several years and in that time capture the changes made to the plane.


As it is apparent the plane has gone through several squadron markings as it has slowly transformed into a more historically accurate period plane. The last image up here was taken at Oshkosh 2011 when Doug and his mighty F4U were on display as he was going for heritage with his P-51D Mustang “Rebel.” The wings and fuselage were decked out with missiles, drop tank and a 500lbs bomb, all replica’s but effectively looking like something from the period that this bird saw action. The current paint scheme is in honor of Thomas Hudner, Medal of Honor recipient for attempting to save Ensign Jesse L Brown.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 200-400 VR, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Early bird catches the worm

O the early morning static shooting, it’s so much fun and exhausting. It’s the good kind though. Nothing like waking up before sunrise, walking out onto the runway and seeing the great looking planes begging to be photographed. The Corsair F4-U has been a favorite of everyone. It just has that great look to it. It’s the bend in the wings that i like. No other plane here has that u shape in them. Of course that’s partly cuz they would be folded up on the aircraft carriers. The light hit the side and began to sparkle. Shooting in low light, with a shutter speed of 1/30s made it a fun shoot.

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As the shooting with the Corsair winded down, some of us headed towards the jets at the end of the runway, where we found this Super Hornet F18. It was lit up even more spectacular than the Corsair. The really cool thing was the wing tips were folded up which added a bit more drama and pattern to the plane. One of the tips is right over the canopy. A few more clicks then it was time to go, short session with that one but worth every second. Can’t wait to see what else will come out today.

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Images captured with D3, AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 VR 2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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