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United Aircraft Corporation was formed from the breakup of United Aircraft and Transport Corporation in 1934. Among its divisions was Chance Vought Aircraft, which produced the superb F4U Corsair fighter and the OS2U Kingfisher seaplane at its plant at Stratford, Connecticutt. Other divisions included Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and Hamilton Standard Propeller Company.
Chance Vought Aircraft Company was organized in 1917 and produced trainer aircraft for the U.S. Army. The company later began manufacturing biplane seaplanes for the Navy, including the first to operate from aircraft carriers and from battleship catapults. The Kingfisher was their first monoplane seaplane and saw service throughout the Pacific War.
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