FG-1D Corsair – When the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics requested a carrier-based fighter in 1938, their operational requirements pushed the envelope. The primary objective was to acquire a plane fast enough to match land-based aircraft while robust enough for carrier operations. A design team from Vought took up the challenge. Chief engineer Rex Beisel’s team quickly moved forward to design an air…frame around the world’s most powerful engine at that time, the Pratt & Whitney XR-2800-4 (Double Wasp) with its two-stage supercharger. The Corsair was born.