View Full Version : A neat F4U story

07-28-2009, 11:24 PM
During the Korean conflict Ensign Dan Bryla found himself in an amazing situation. Launching from the U.S.S. Valley Forge for a hydro electrical strike Bryla got carried away. At 17,000 feet he pushed his nose over and in true dive bomber fashion lined his sights on the target.

As the dive progressed Bryla's F4U began shaking violently. He first chalked the buffeting up to the near flak bursts but as the violent shaking continued he realized he was reaching the speed of compressibility! He jettisoned his bomb load and throttled back trying to pull the bird out of its death dive.

The Corsair flipped on its back and now he was inverted and the ailerons wouldn't respond so he had no choice but to pull back and steepen the dive to pull it out!

With both hands gripping the stick and his left foot mashed against the rudder to keep it steady he managed to pull out of the screaming dive. Now leveled off just buzzing the tree tops he noticed a 4,000 foot ridge right in front of him.

Again pulling on the stick for all he was worth ha managed to just clear the ridge in his violent pull up.

On the return trip he began getting severe pains in his left thigh, hip, leg and lower torso. Switching his oxygen on 100% he managed to limp it back to the Ship.

Once on board he was diagnosed with a broken hip, a strained back and shoulders in his life or death pull out with gravity. While he was re leaved of flight duty his Corsair was on combat duty again the next day with another pilot at the control's, the survivor of a dive and high G pullout that had broken its pilots bones!

07-29-2009, 12:04 AM
A strong plane. Good story.
I assume the wings folding mechanisms had no problems after that? wow.

07-29-2009, 12:57 AM