Monday, January 19, 2015

Marx Vought F4U Corsair

Vought's F4U Corsair was the first American built aircraft to be able to go toe-to-toe with the Japanese Zero and is considered by many to be one of the greatest fighter aircraft ever. From its first flight in 1940 until the last Corsair left the production line in 1953 it was good enough to have the longest production run of any piston engine American fighter aircraft and served in both WWII and the Korean War.

Today's olive drab, hard plastic Marx version was made  from 1951 'til the mid-'50s and was part of a series of planes, all about the same size, which oddly enough had rings on their tails! Some people have suggested that these were Christmas tree ornaments and Marx also made a series of smaller aircraft also with the rings. Me personally I don't believe they were meant as ornaments but I can't prove it one way or the other. The plane measures 4 7/8" (12.4cm) L x 5 3/4" (14.6cm) wingspan  x 1 3/4" (4.4cm) H. My example is missing the propeller blades but is still a nice display piece.  Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

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