By Glenn Edrupt
from West Sussex, England
, 30 Jun 2006
So far I have been impressed with the 'American War Eagles' series (certainly superior to the 'Aviation at War' ones I've seen so far), and this one carries on the tradition.
I have read a fair bit about the Corsair but have not seen any footage before, so for me this was great. To start with there is a brief introduction to the Chance Vought company and its early models before settling in to its main subject. Plenty of footage (some of which is shown twice), including the usual deck landings and gun camera stuff (but I would have been disappointed otherwise). Interspersed throughout the presentation is a few minutes of a restored example being put through its paces, which works quite well.
The last few minutes are spent with the Corsairs career after WWII (ie Korea) which was an added bonus for me. They very briefly compare it with the first Phantom jet, and it comes off quite well.
Despite the documentary saying how good an aircraft it was, the best fighter etc etc, my lasting impression of it is of the size of the flaps they were simply huge!
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