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F3A Corsair

F3A Corsair

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.



Proceeds from the air show benefit these three museums in Colorado Springs that are dedicated to the education of future generations through the preservation of our nation’s military heritage.

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U.S. Army’s A/DACG
7250 Getting Heights
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916

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