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.