‘Black Aircraft Week’ continues on GAR, with two very different Corsairs – the F4U and the A7.

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First up is F4U-5NL Corsair (D-FCOR), which is owned by Max Alpha Aviation GmbH and based at Bremgarten, Germany.  It wears the matte black colours of VMF(N)-513, the ‘Flying Nightmares’, which it operated in during the Korean War.  It is pictured here displaying at Flying Legends 2011 in the hands of Brian Smith.

© Huw Hopkins - Global Aviation Resource

Corsair at IWM Duxford © Huw Hopkins – Global Aviation Resource

The second Corsair is the special scheme A-7E from the 336 Mira “Olympos” of the Hellenic Air Force’s 116 Combat Wing at Araxos Air Base, Greece.  Dean West captured the first photograph at RAF Fairford, where the aircraft participated in the Royal International Air Tattoo in July 2014. The second image is a slightly more recent photograph taken by Tom Gibbons at Araxos Air Base in October 2014.  336 Mira was the last operator of the Corsair and retired the type from operational service on 17 October 2014.

160616 A-7E HAF/336 Mira © Dean West

160616 A-7E HAF/336 Mira © Dean West

160616 A-7E HAF/336 Mira © Tom Gibbons - Global Aviation Resource

160616 A-7E HAF/336 Mira © Tom Gibbons – Global Aviation Resource

Black Week continues on Thursday…