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This Navy Corsair was built by Brewster and Co., Aircraft Division, in Long Island City, NY. The company produced military aircraft from the 1930s until the end of WWII.

In 1940, the Vought aircraft company designed one of the best all-around Navy fighters of the war: the F4U Corsair. Unable to meet demand, Vought licensed production to Brewster in November 1941 and to Goodyear Aircraft Corporation one month later. Brewster built 735 Corsairs, with 430 going to the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm.

Brewster as a company never reached its potential. Its reputation for poor quality carried over to the license-built Corsairs. Reports from pilots differed as to how well Brewster Corsairs compared to the Vought aircraft. None of the Brewster Corsairs went to front line combat units during the War.

The US Navy closed Brewster’s production line at the end of June 1944 because the company was continually behind schedule building the much-needed Corsair, much of it due to labor unrest and strikes.

This Brewster Corsair was assigned to VMF-914 at the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. On December 19, 1944, it crashed in a swamp 10 miles southwest of Cherry Point while on a Ground Controlled Interception training mission. The pilot parachuted but was killed. This Corsair spent many years in the swamp until found again.

The remains were salvaged in 1990. It underwent a seven-year restoration and is now resident at the museum.

The National Museum of WW II Aviation features WWII-era veterans!!


There are few WWII-era veterans left, and the National Museum of World War II Aviation is providing an opportunity for the community to meet-and-greet some of these honored WWII veterans.

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
775 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, 80916

Scheduled to appear are:
Ed Beck—Army POW captured during the Battle of the Bulge who escaped from captivity.
Marilyn Doenges—Army nurse who served in the UK and Northern France
JJ Inman—P-51 pilot who flew missions in China
Noe Romero—Served on the U.S.S Yorktown at the Battle of Midway
Bill Roche—B-17 waist gunner who was shot down by German aircraft twice.
Cole “Junior” Griego—U.S. Navy Medic in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Advance admission purchases are advised for this event because advance ticket holders will be given priority to enter the museum. Appropriate social distancing and face masks will be required and strictly enforced.**

Historic note: 75 years ago on August 14, 1945 the Japanese surrendered, and hostilities in WWII ceased. The formal surrender of Japanese forces was signed Sept. 2, 1945.