Journaling: Dubbed "Whistling Death" by the Japanese, Vought's famous F4U Corsair served as one of the Navy and Marine Corps' premier fighters of World War II. In production longer than any other U.S. World War II-era fighter, Vought's design was subcontracted for production by other companies, among them Goodyear, whose Corsairs carried the designation FG. By the end of World War II, Goodyear-built Corsairs were flying in over 50 Navy and Marine Corps squadrons ashore and on board aircraft carriers.
In 1938, Vought designer Rex Beisel proposed the V-166B to the Navy as a new single-seat carrier fighter. The design featured the smallest possible airframe to accommodate Pratt & Whitney's new R-2800 Double Wasp engine. A unique feature, an inverted gull wing, allowed shorter landing gear while maintaining sufficient ground clearance for the large 13-foot propeller.
In June 1941, the Navy ordered 584 F4U-1s, deliveries beginning in October 1942. Differing from the XF4U-1, the production model was modified by moving the cockpit three feet aft to make room for an additional fuel tank, changing the armament to six .50-caliber wing guns, and adding pilot armor and self-sealing fuel tank.