May 29th 1940 – First Flight of the XF4U-1 Corsair in Stratford, Connecticut.

In February 1938 the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics published a request for proposal for a single-engined fighter. By June 1938, the U.S. Navy signed a contract with Vought for a prototype, the XF4U-1, BuNo 1443. Rex Beisel headed up the team of designers. The XF4U-1 was powered by an XR-2800-4 prototype of the Pratt & Whitney Double Wasp twin-row, 18-cylinder radial engine, rated at 1,805 hp and it was the very first aircraft ever to have a Double Wasp engine fitted for flight. When the prototype was completed it had the biggest and most powerful engine, largest propeller and probably the largest wing on any naval fighter to date.

Today we celebrate  The first flight of the XF4U-1 was made on May 29th 1940 at the Bridgeport Municipal Airport with Lyman A. Bullard, Jr. at the controls. The rest as they say, is history.

The U.S. Navy Vought XF4U-1 Corsair prototype (BuNo 1443) in flight. Photo from U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation

The U.S. Navy Vought XF4U-1 Corsair prototype (BuNo 1443) in flight. Photo from U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation

The Chance Vought XF4U-1 Corsair prototype (BuNo 1443) during tests at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), Langley Research Center at Hampton, Virginia (USA), in 1940-41. Photo from Langley Research Center.

The Chance Vought XF4U-1 Corsair prototype (BuNo 1443) during tests at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), Langley Research Center at Hampton, Virginia (USA), in 1940-41. Photo from Langley Research Center.

Navy XF4U-1 Corsair, BuNo 1443, in flight in 1940

Navy XF4U-1 Corsair, BuNo 1443, in flight in 1940

Navy Vought XF4U-1 Corsair parked on a 'Compass Rose' at an unidentified location on April 19, 1941.

Navy Vought XF4U-1 Corsair parked on a ‘Compass Rose’ at an unidentified location on April 19, 1941.

Navy XF4U-1 Corsair, BuNo 1443, in flight in 1940

Navy XF4U-1 Corsair, BuNo 1443, in flight in 1940

3/4 View Showing Flaps extended.

3/4 View Showing Flaps extended.

The Classic Color photo of the XF4U-1

The Classic Color photo of the XF4U-1

Cheif Test Pilot Lyman Bullard with a later model F4U Corsair. Bullard flew the first XF4U-1

Cheif Test Pilot Lyman Bullard with a later model F4U Corsair. Bullard flew the first XF4U-1

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