Intrepid Museum Programs and Exhibitions
Rainbow Band
Purchase Tickets
Final Flight: The Story of a WWII Corsair
Now Open

On March 18, 1945, a young, newly married naval aviator flew from the USS Intrepid on his first combat mission; it would be his last. He and his F4U-1D Corsair were shot down near the city of Saiki on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu. Fifty years later, a Japanese fisherman found what is thought to be the remnants of his Corsair.

Through artifacts, photos and a visually engaging installation of the aircraft’s engine and a section of wing, this exhibit tells the story of the discovery of the aircraft elements, the story of the young pilot, and the science and technology of the artifact preservation.



Included with Museum Admission.






This exhibit has been made possible thanks to generous support from, The Kislak Family Foundation, Inc., Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust and The Ng Family.

The Corsair artifacts are on loan courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command Underwater Archaeology Branch.