Connecticut Corsair is a volunteer organization, dedicated to the promotion of education and business in the state of Connecticut, through the restoration of one of the most advanced fighter aircraft of the second World War. In fact, it is the only World War II aircraft completely designed and built within one state.

The project is located in the Corsair’s home state to work with many of the original vendors such as Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Hamilton Sundstrand Aircraft Propellers (formerly Hamilton Standard), and Sikorsky Aircraft. (Vought Aircraft relocated to Texas).

By restoring to flight the official State Aircraft of Connecticut, the Chance-Vought F4U Corsair, a medium is provided by which current and future students can be educated in the areas of math, science, and engineering. Bolton Works involvement with the Connecticut Corsair project enables a digital approach to aircraft restoration.

Bolton Works uses state of the art 3D scanning technology and dedicated reverse engineering software, to fill in missing pieces of information in order to build complete 3D models. By bringing the aircraft into the world of 3D Computer Aided Desing, accuracy, repeatibility and flexibility in manufacturing are all improved while reducing cost.

More information can be found at: www.connecticutcorsair.com

  • Corsair F4-U Corsair F4-U
  • Corsair F4-U Corsair F4-U
  • Wing reference points Wing reference points
  • Flap hinge position determination Flap hinge position determination
  • Wing hinge attachment Wing hinge attachment
  • Corsair 14' Spar end cap fixtured on table Corsair 14' Spar end cap fixtured on table
  • spar end cap scanning spar end cap scanning
  • spar end cap scanning spar end cap scanning
  • Solid Works file of end caps Solid Works file of end caps
  • comaprison of scanned data against design data comaprison of scanned data against design data
  • Hole determination on corroded spar end cap Hole determination on corroded spar end cap
  • Hole determination on corroded spar end cap Hole determination on corroded spar end cap
  • Corsair F4U Stick Corsair F4U Stick
  • Stick Scanning Stick Scanning
  • Stick Stick
  • Stick Stick
  • Stick trigger Stick trigger
  • Wing hinge bracket Wing hinge bracket
  • Scanned wing hinge bracket Scanned wing hinge bracket