The EAA Aviation Museum’s F4U-4, built in 1945, spent the first part of its military career in mothballs. Accepted by the U.S. Navy in October 1945, this Corsair went straight into storage until 1949. It was used as a trainer at several naval air stations between 1949 and 1951. It was then assigned as a replacement airplane to VF-32 on the USS Leyte. It replaced one of the aircraft lost on December 4, 1950, when Tom Hudner crash-landed his airplane behind enemy lines in an attempt to save his wingman, Jesse Brown. EAA’s Corsair then disappeared from Navy records until 1966, when it was sold to a private owner. It was used as a show plane and racer until 1974, then not flown again until 1982 when it was donated and flown to the EAA Museum. EAA spent 12 years restoring this aircraft, unveiling it in May 1994. It is now on permanent display in the museum’s Eagle Hangar.
Its markings are those of a Corsair flown by the men of VF-32. Medal of Honor recipient Tom Hudner is among the pilots who flew this aircraft in “Fighting 32.”
This polo was exclusively made for EAA by Barnstormer USA to pay tribute to the brave men of the "Fighting 32" during the Korean War.
- 100% Polyester
- Textured fabric that's soft, light & breathable
- Moisture-wicking material
- 2-button placket