brewster a3a 1 corsair  Rare Brewster Corsair F3A-1 the Subject of Restoration Efforts(Image: D. Miller, cc-3.0)

Seen here at AirVenture 2005, Corsair Bu. No. 04634 is a rare example of a surviving F3A-1 variant built by Brewster Aeronautical Corporation.  Operating from MCAS Cherry Point in North Carolina, the aircraft’s flying days ended when it crashed into a swamp killing the pilot.  The Brewster-built Corsairs allegedly had a reputation for poor build quality and none reached front line units.  But No. 04634 has become the subject of an ongoing restoration campaign and even boasts its own website.