Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33012: Vought F4U Corsair MA-312 Checkerboards, US Marines as flown by Jesse Folmar, Korea, September 1952. Limited edition of 2080 pieces.
While aboard the USS Bataan in 1952 the Checkerboards (VMA312) would again make history. VMA-312 pilot Capt. Jesse G. Folmar became the first American to shoot down a jet fighter with a propeller-driven aircraft. Folmar was able to down one of a pair of MiG-15s which attacked him and his wingman on 10th September 1952 but was himself shot down when attacked by four more MiGs. His F4U (which he was not flying when he was shot down) was decorated with the silhouette of a diving MiG.
Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for a single-seat carrier based fighter, the F4U was first flown on May 29th, 1940. This versatile aircraft saw service with both the Navy and Marine Corps in WW II and in the Korean War. During its lifetime, the Corsair underwent numerous improvements such as a lengthened fuselage, a high visibility bubble-top canopy and folding inverted gull wings that provided clearance for a large propeller. Its performance advantage, 400 mph capability, the ability to withstand punishment and six .50 Browning machine guns made the F4U a devastating weapon against aircraft, ground targets and ships.