Brewster F3A-1 / F3A-1D / Corsair Mk III

1st Flight 1943

Designed and initially manufactured by Chance Vought, the Corsair was soon in great demand, additional production contracts were given to Goodyear, whose Corsairs were designated FG, and Brewsters were designated F3A.

The Brewster models were plagued with issues from day 1.

Brewster F3A

One main problem was poor quality wing fittings, this meant that these aircraft were prohibited from aerobatics after several lost their wings, they also had problems with the engines redlining at operational speed. 

Labor troubles also delayed production, and the US Navy ordered the company’s contract terminated, they closed their operations soon after and the tooling was then used by the Naval Aircraft Factory.

Brewster F3A

None of the Brewster-built Corsairs reached front line units.

430 Brewster Corsairs (334 F3A-1 and 96 F3A-1D), more than half of Brewster’s total production, were delivered to the Fleet Air Arm as Corsair Mk IIIs.

Brewster Corsair III


The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Images of America, Brewster-The Brewster Historical Society.

U.S. Naval Aviation-Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.


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