Aussie Corsair Restoration Update Pt.2

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The main fuselage of Bu.02270 has received its full coat of primer paint now, and the canopy and windscreen are mounted for final adjustments. (photo by Ron Johnson)

WarbirdsNews published a restoration update on the F4U-1 Corsair under restoration at the Classic Jets Fighter Museum just over a week ago, but a lot of visible progress has occurred in the short time since that article. Ron Johnson very kindly sent us a few photographs to bring us up to date, and we thought that you would be as eager to see them as we were.

The oil cooler and intercooler air intake section (in yellow primer) is undergoing final fitting on the left wing. You can see the intercooler sitting on the hangar floor in the foreground. The intercooler is one of two which will mount inside the engine bay accessory section. (photo by Ron Johnson)

The wing root oil cooler and intercooler intake is undergoing trial fitting on the starboard wing root. This area involves a lot of seriously difficult to fabricate compound curves and is a masterpiece of engineering. (photo by Ron Johnson)

A view of Bu.02270’s port side showing how well the aircraft is coming together. (photo by Ron Johnson)

While visitors wander in front of the Corsair at the Classic Jets Fighter Museum, some of the restoration team are discussing the project around a table to the left. (photo by Ron Johnson)

WarbirdsNews wishes to thank Ron Johnson and museum director Bob Jarrett very much for these latest photos, and we hope to bring you more in the coming months as the project progresses further. Please do visit the museum’s website HERE to find out more about this fabulous museum near Adelaide, Australia.



  1. I heard Bob is sadly closing the museum. I do congradulate him for gathering a fabulous number of rare aircraft overtime. With the collection being sold I hope we can still retain these rare aircraft in Australia. Anyway goodluck otherwise Regards Anthony

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