The LOOTM for this month is the inimitable F4U Corsair. Its design principle was as simple and as American as the hot rod--cram the largest engine possible into the airplane. But how to mount a huge prop to absorb all that horsepower, yet still keep the landing gear legs short and strong enough for the abuse of carrier landing? The distinctive inverted gull wing was the crafty solution to the problem.
This potent fighter is recognized as the first aircraft to exceed 400 mph in level flight. It was in production longer than any US WWII fighter (through 1952), and served with a host of air forces all over the world. It sounds great and looks even better in flight. See one at an air show near you.
The September LOOTM