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World War II: USA
Aircraft of the United States in WWII.
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birdcage corsair ?
England - East Midlands, United Kingdom
Joined: March 23, 2003
KitMaker: 2,124 posts
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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 09:50 AM UTC
easy question this ,what is a birdcage corsair?
Virginia, United States
Joined: February 11, 2003
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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 10:23 AM UTC
Birdcage refers to the canopy. The birdcage models have a different canopy that has metal ribbing on it, unlike the regular single piece bubble style canopy.
Florida, United States
Joined: January 26, 2002
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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 10:23 AM UTC
The word "birdcage" refers to the canopy framing on the early corsairs. It resembled a cage and thus earned the nickname "birdcage".

Here's a birdcage:

Here's the later bubble version:
Virginia, United States
Joined: May 13, 2002
KitMaker: 326 posts
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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 10:26 AM UTC
In the beginning . . . . there was the F4U-1 with its framed, flat-topped canopy, and designer Rex Beisel and the Bureau of Aeronautics pronounced it good . . . .

Seriously, the F4U-1 was the first operational Corsair, and it and the derivative F4U-2 nightfighter had a canopy framing much like a P-40, with a sliding, heavily-framed canopy and small rear-quarter vision panels aft of the cockpit. That's a birdcage Corsair.