F2G-1 Super Corsair

I had only one opportunity to see and photograph this amazing, rare bird, a F2G-1 Super Corsair. Very few were ever manufactured, a speedster with the soul purpose to climb faster then anything else in the Pacific. While it never saw battle, #57 became famous at the 1949 Cleveland races. Originally bought for parts for two other Super Gs, #57 after its glory days as a racer saw many owners though not kept in the air. It wasn’t until Robert Odegaard bought the plane in 1996 and put 12,000 hours into restoring this piece of aviation history was it brought out back flying.

Robert Odegaard is flying this gorgeous aircraft here in 2008 at the Reno Air Races. Super G #57 won Robert the prestigious Rolls Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy in 1999 at the Reno National Championship Air Races. 2008 was my first year in aviation photography and I regret my lack of knowledge at the time as I didn’t focus in on #57 as much I now know I should have. This amazing plane is now in a private collection. Odegaard with his son is now restoring #74, another Super G which should be flying this summer.