By Adam Snelly
Color art by Larry Snelly

In  March  of 1944, Pratt & Whitney  requested  a  F4U-1  Corsair from Vought Aircraft
for evaluation of their new P&W R-4360,28 cylinder engine. Vought transferred F4U-1,
 BuNo  02460  (Birdcage Canopy)  to see  if  the  airframe and  engine were compatible.
The  tests  proved  successful  and  Goodyear Aircraft  of  Akron,  Ohio  was  given  the
F2G  program. (Source:  N. Veronico  "F4U Corsair" -  B.  Kinzey  "F4U Corsair  Vol.1

FG1-A Conversions

BuNo  13471-XF2G-1:  The  first  FG1  model to test the  R-4360 engine. 5/31/44)  The
aircraft    still  retained the  FG1 cockpit and  turtle deck.  It had a 14ft., 4  blade propeller,
 top deck carburetor intake and a long cowl. (Yellow cowl with Blue #5) (Source: Squadron
  "F4U Corsair In  Action  "No.29 - N. H. Hauprich, Goodyear)

  BuNo 13472-XF2G-1: Same as 13471. (Cowl No. unknown) Stricken from Navy records
4/30/46. (Source: N. Veronico "F4U Corsair")

BuNo 14091-XF2G-1: The  rear  deck  was modified to accept  a P-47D bubble canopy. 
It  still  retained  the   R-2800  engine,  FG1cowling  and  the 3 blade  propeller.  (Source:
Squadron "F4U Corsair In Action No.29 - N. H. Hauprich, Goodyear)

BuNo  14092-XF2G-1:  Same  as  14091  (092 on cowling)  Tested  at  Akron  and  NAS
Patuxent from  4/44 to 2/45. Stricken from Navy records 11/30/45. (Source: N. Veronico
 "F4U Corsair" – Squadron "F4U Corsair in Action:)

 Pre-Production Prototypes

  BuNo  14691-XF2G-1W  The  first  aircraft  manufactured  as  a  true  F2G- 1.  It used the 
           engine from 13471. First aircraft, to have the 12 inch auxiliary rudder.  (Yellow cowl with Blue #9)
   It was tested at Akron and NAS Patuxent from 10/44 to 6/47 Stricken Navy records 6/30/47.
(Source: N. Veronico "F4UCorsair" - N. H. Hauprich, Goodyear)

    BuNo  14692-XF2G-1: (Blue and Yellow checkerboard cowl with  Zinc Chromate  nose  ring)
   Aircraft crashed and was destroyed in Akron, Ohio 12/12/45.  (Source: D. Armstrong "I Flew
 Them First N. H. Hauprich, Goodyear)

         BuNo 14693-XF2G-1: N5590N Race #94: First aircraft to have the extended carburetor intake,
   these tests were conducted at Pratt & Whitney in 1944.  The aircraft was then tested at NAS
  Patuxent until it was obtained by Navy veteran Cook Cleland. In the 1947 Thompson Trophy
   Race, it was flown to second place by pilot Dick Becker.(1947 Color: White with Insignia Red
       trim,  letters and numbers) It failed to finish in 1948. Piloted by owner Cook Cleland, the aircraft
    won the 1949 Thompson Trophy Race.(1949 Color: All White with Black letters and numbers)
    After Air Racing ended in Cleveland, the aircraft was used by the Cleveland Airport Fire Dept.
    for training purposes.  It was destroyed in 1955. The R-4360 engine and four bladed propeller
      were obtained by Crawford Auto And Air Museum. It was stricken from Navy records ?/31/49 ?
(Source: N. Veronico "F4U Corsair" - D. Jones, 3 View Drawings.)

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1947                                     1948                                       1949


   BuNo 14694-XF2G-1:    N91092 Race #18: The aircraft was tested at Mustin Field, Penna.
      and NAS Patuxent from 10/45 to 5/47. Stricken from Navy records 5/31/47. It was purchased
  by pilot Ron Puckett and raced in the 1947 and 1949 Nat. Air Races. 1947 Color: Blue with
         Orange cowl and tail cone.  White letters and numbers; 1949 Colors: Light Gray and Light Blue.
         Light Blue letters and numbers.) Fate unknown. (Source N. Veronico "F4U Corsair" - D. Jones,
3 View Drwgs.)

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                  1947                                        1949

     BuNo 14695-XF2G-1: The final F2G prototype. Damaged by crane boom After crash landing
in Akron OH and later scrapped (Source: D. Armstrong "I Flew Them First")


Production Aircraft

Production  F2G-1  aircraft  were  land-based fighters with manually folding wings and 14ft.
     Propellers.  F2G-2  aircraft  had  hydraulic  operated folding wings, 13ft. propellers and carrier
arresting hooks.

BuNo 88454-F2G-1: This was the first production F2G. It was tested at NAS Patuxent and 
       NAS Norfolk from 1945 to 1948. Stricken from Navy records 5/31/48.  Obtained by W. Ohlrich
       in 1973. From 1978, it resided at the Champlin Fighter Museum in Mesa, Arizona.  (Source: N.
     Veronico "F4U Corsair") In 2003 it was moved to the Museum of Flightin Seattle Washington.

  BuNo  88455-F2G-1:  Tested at Goodyear  from 8/45 to 5/46.  Stricken from Navy records
8/31/46.  Scrapped (Source: N. Veronico "F4U Corsair")

BuNo 88456-F2G-1: Tested at Port Columbus, Oh. and NAS Patuxent   from  9/45 to 3/46.
 Stricken  from  Navy  records   5/31/47 . Scrapped.   (Source:  N. Veronico  "F4U Corsair")

    BuNo 88457-F2G-1:
N5588N Race #84: Stricken from Navy records 4/30/47.Sold to  owner
  Cook  Cleland and flown by pilot  Tony Janazzo in the 1947 Thompson Trophy Race.(Color:
   Black  with  White  letters and numbers) The aircraft crashed on the seventh lap of the race,
    killing the pilot.(9/47) Registration Number would later be used on F2G-1 Race #57.(Source:
                             N. Veronico "F4U Corsair" - D. Jones, 3 View Drwgs.)

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   BuNo  88458-F2G-1: N5588N  Race #57:  Tested  at  Port Columbus, Oh. and NAS Patuxent
 from  10/45  to  7/46.  Stricken  from  Navy  records 1/48. The  aircraft  was purchased by
 Cook Cleland, supposedly for spare parts. Registration No. BuNo 88457 was illegally used
to  circumvent Government technicalities.  The aircraft was flown by pilot
Ben McKillen Jr.
 in the  1949 Tinnerman
and Thom. Trophy Races.  After air racing, the aircraft went through
 a series of
owners; John Trainor of New Hampshire, Harry Doan of Florida, the
Lone Star
 of  Texas, Don Knapp  of  Florida and  Greg Morris. In 1996, it was  acquired by
      Robt.Odegaard of Kindred, N.D. who restored it to be the only flying F2G Corsair, at the time.
  In 2009, after many air show appearances and a few Bronze Class races
at the Reno Nat.
Races, the aircraft was sold to Ron Pratt, a private collector.
(Color: Red and White with Black Letters and Numbers.)
(Source: N.Veronico "F4U
Corsair" - H.A.Hauprich -
Bill Meixner, Air Racing Historian -
Odegaard Aviation)

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BuNo 88459-F2G-2:  Tested  at  Goodyear in Akron, OH and  NAS  Patuxent  from  10/45
 to  6/46. . Ended  up as ground target.  ( Source: N. Veronico "F4U Corsair" )

          BuNo 88460-F2G-2: Tested at NAS Norfolk and scrapped. Stricken from Navy records 5/31/48.
(Source: N. Veronico "F4U Corsair")

              BuNo 88461-F2G-2:
Aircraft saw service with the fleet, NAS North Island San Diego in 1946.
     It was rumored to have been sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1946. Stricken from Navy
1/47. (Source: N.Veronico "F4U Corsair" - Navaer-1925 Aircraft Hist. Card)

         BuNo 88462-F2G-2:
Aircraft saw service with the fleet at North Island, San Diego in 1946. Also rumored to
                  have been sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Stricken from Navy records 5/47. (Source:
N.Veronico "F4U Corsair" -
Navaer 1925 Aircraft Hist. Card)    

          BuNo 88463-F2G-2:
N5577N Race  #74: Used for training at NAS  Jacksonville, Fla.  Stricken from
    Navy records 2/28/47. Pilot Cook Cleland purchased the aircraft and flew it first place in the 1947
  Thompson Trophy Race.  It was also flown in the 1948 and 1949 Nat. Air Races by pilot Becker,
           who  failed to finish.   In 1953 The aircraft was purchased by Walter Soplata of Newbury, Oh. In 1997,
              the Western Reserve Hist. Society of Cleveland, Oh. purchased the aircraft.
The aircraft was then sent to
                   Robt. Odegaard of Kindred, N. D. for a static restoration.  In 2007, No.74 was sold to  Tom Ungurean of Coshocton,
             Ohio who instructed Odegaard Aviation to continue to restore the aircraft, but to flying condition. 
After 62 years,
               the aircraft flew again in public at the 2011 Reno Nat. Races. On Sept.12,2012,  Robt. Odegaard tragically died
when  the restored F2G Corsair crashed while practicing for a local
air show.
     (Color: Slate Blue, Blue and White checkerboard cowl. White trim, letters and numbers)
(Source: N.Veronico "F4U
Corsair" - Society Of Air Racing Historians)

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