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Connecticut Corsair is restoring to flight an F4U-4 Corsair, the most famous fighter of World War II.  Our website provides technical data, photographs, and insights into its unique design as well as our restoration of it.

Our Mission

Connecticut Corsair LLC is a volunteer organization dedicated: 

to the restoration to flight of Connecticut's Official State Aircraft, the  F4U Corsair; to honor Connecticut's aerospace history, while promoting and utilizing its current and future aerospace technology and capabilities; to educate future generations about the Corsair and its contributions on both the local and world stages; as well as, to inspire students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Company Profile

Founder and Project Manager, Craig McBurney is a native of Connecticut whose love for aviation has shaped his career.  At 18, Craig enlisted in the US Air Force and initially served as a B-52 Gunner.  He is a graduate of the Community College of the Air Force and also Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  He is a commercial pilot who holds an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic's Certificate with an Inspection Authorization rating.  Craig has flown and maintained vintage WWII aircraft at over 400 aviation museums throughout the country.  He is President of Bootstrap Aircraft, an aerospace consulting firm providing historical research and technical training to the aerospace industry.  He formed Connecticut Corsair, a volunteer entity dedicated to the ground-up restoration of an F4U-4 Corsair fighter aircraft.  

Sponsors:  The Connecticut Corsair restoration project greatly relies upon the generosity of its sponsors.  Please visit our Sponsor page to see the impressive list of major technology and aerospace companies that contribute to the restoration of our F4U-4 Corsair.  Our hi-tech approach in bringing this legacy aircraft back to life attracts the attention a a variety of media outlets - see our News page.

Volunteers:  We are always looking for talented people, specifically in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, and restoration who are interested in sharing time with our project.  Please Join Us!

Contact Information

Postal Address:  Connecticut Corsair, PO Box 569, Chester, CT 06412                                                                               Electronic Mail: 


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Last modified: September 18, 2012

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