Friday, April 14, 2006

Corsair (Not Corvair)


Remember Black Sheep Squadron, the show about Pappy Boyington and his motley crew of fighter pilots in the South pacific during WWII? Well, this is the plane they flew. I always liked those bent wings. I always wondered what the deal was with those, and I still don't know.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Deal with the corsair wings....

They used a pratt & whitney double wasp 2800 (2000hp) for the engine, one of the most powerful during WW2. To get the most out of the engine, they had to put an oversize prop on the plane. But, with a larger prop, the landing gear would have been to long for carrier landings ( that was what the corsair was designed for ), so they bent the wings to make the landing gear shorter.

Ernie said...

How did bending the wings make the landing gear shorter????