Chris Avery is an Iraq veteran and accomplished air show pilot. He has more than 5,000 hours of acrobatic flight time and logs 28 years of airshow experience. He had flown numerous classic warplanes, but he said the F4U-1 Corsair is a cut above the rest.
“It’s awesome. It’s easy to fly,” Avery said. “It’s got gobs of thrust. It’s the only aircraft that I know of from that era that you can take off, accelerate to 250 knots and fly at seven Gs until you run out of gas. If you fly it right, it’s unbeatable for an aircraft of that era.”
Avery will flaunt the capabilities of the F4U-1 Corsair at the Cherry Point Air Show this weekend. It is part of the Marine Corps Air Station celebration of the 100 years of marine aviation and Cherry Point’s 70th Anniversary.
The F4U-1 Corsair is a World War II fighter built in 1945. There are only six left of this airplane model and the Corsair the Avery will be flying was made in Akron, Ohio in 1945.
The F4U-1 Corsair can reach the top speed of 472mph. It was the first ever aircraft to reach more than 400mph in level flight. And Avery aims to showcase that power this weekend.
Avery adds: “It’s got the highest roll rate of any piston-driven flyer. I’ll utilize that and I’ll utilize the great thrust-to-weight ratio and do you guys some big, nice overhead figures and some rolling maneuvers and basically just demonstrate the capabilities of that awesome airplane. And it’s got smoke. It’s the only Corsair out there flying on the circuit that’s got smoke.”
The F4U-Corsair is a significant aircraft around Cherry Point. During the world war, the Corsair is a familiar sight in Cherry Point with pilots flying it for training before going off for the war.
Flying the Corsair for air shows gives Avery a very satisfying feeling. World War II veterans regularly come up to him with their families and share their stories about the war. The families are shocked that they never heard those stories yet their father immediately shared it with Avery. “He relates to me because I’m flying the same kind of airplane that he basically bet his life on and that’s a bond that we have and why he feels it’s OK to open up to me,” Avery said, “That’s why I’m out here doing it. It’s for those guys. It’s to honor them and educate kids on the huge amount of sacrifice that was paid by that generation so that we can have all the stuff that we have today. We’re forgetting at a really too rapid pace.”
One way of cherishing the past is through die-cast airplane models. Scale airplane models of F4U-Corsair reserves as a memorabilia of the bravery and valor of the pilots that flew them. Showcasemodels.com offers museum-quality die-cast airplane models at affordable prices.
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