"White 29", VF-17, Lt. Ira Kepford,
Kepford's first Corsair 17684
HE SCORED 13 OF HIS 16 VICTORIES
FLYING THIS AIRCRAFT
The engine was so massive and produced so much energy that a Hamilton Standard 13 feet 4 inch propeller, the largest of WWII, was required. The F4U was the first American fighter aircraft to exceed 400 MPH. The Corsair was referred to by the Japanese as "Whispering Death" and became a legend in its own time. This aircraft was one of the most distinctive designs with it bent wings making it an icon.
During the 76 days Ira Cassius Kepford spent with VF-17 "Jolly Rogers" he shot down 16 enemy aircraft. His first F4U was BuNo. 17684 "White 29" and served him well during his first 13 kills. On January 30, 1944 15 Corsairs from VF-17 were escorting TBFs on a raid on Rabaul and encountered about 25 Japanese Zekes along with Tonys and Zeros. Several Japanese fighters were destroyed with the loss of several Corsairs. Kepford claimed one Zeke and one Tony but "17684" was damaged and ground looped on landing destroying the aircraft.
1/48 scale pre-finished.
Straight wing section can be removed and replaced with a section that makes
it look like the wings are folded, no hinges.
Die-cast metal with a minimum of plastic.
All markings pad applied for superb results.
Canopy slides open.
Comes with a pilot that can be removed.
Comes with display stand.
Option to easily remove the landing gear and cover the openings with doors.
Extremely sought after by collectors
This images shows how to reposition the wings.