F4U-5 CORSAIR "WR" Men Polo shirt
OFFICIAL EAA WARBIRD PRODUCT
Textured fabric that's soft, light & breathable
Material wicks sweat & dries really fast
Mainly developed during the Second World War, the Corsair benefits from an immediately recognizable silhouette with its W wing (inverted gull wing) which conceive the smallest possible plane with the biggest possible engine, the Corsair is designed around the Double Wasp R-2800 equipped with a two-stage, two-speed compressor, 18 cylinders in a double star configuration developing 1,850 hp at takeoff.
The Corsair polo shirt that we propose here takes the colors of the beautiful F4U-5N (N for "night fighter") of the VMF-312 which served during the Korean War from August 1950 to June 8, 1953.
The first VMF-312 Corsair flew in Korea on 19 September 1950. Flying out of Wonson Air Base in South Hamgyong Province, North Korea.
The Checkerboards flew missions in support of the 1st Marine Division during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Redeployed in March 1951 aboard the light carrier USS Bataan (CVL-29), the Checkerboards were assigned escort and blockade missions. Leaving the ship in June 1951, the squadron amassed 4,945 accident-free hours of carrier operations while logging 1,920 carrier landings.
After a short period of ground-based close air support operations, the squadron returned to sea with the USS Bataan, it is on board that the Checkerboards became the first piston engine squadron to shoot down a jet aircraft, when Captain Jesse Folmar shot down a MiG-15 jet fighter with 20 mm cannon fire.
On June 8, 1953, the Checkerboards were relieved by VMF-332, and returned to the United States in anticipation of transitioning to F9F Panthers at Marine Corps Air Station Miami, Florida.