Joining Technologies Announces Its Involvement in the Connecticut Corsair Project

Joining Technologies, an innovator in laser cladding, electron beam and laser welding applications, announces its laser technology is playing a key role in the Connecticut Corsair project, a volunteer effort aimed at restoring Connecticut’s official state aircraft, the F4U Corsair. Joining Technologies’ laser equipment is helping restore worn-out parts and components to their original form.

Flown extensively during WWII, the F4U Corsair was the first US military single engine aircraft to fly faster than 400 miles per hour. The plane was fully designed and built in Connecticut and was designated the state’s official state aircraft in 2005. The Connecticut Corsair project is restoring a plane built in 1945 and sold as scrap metal by the US Navy in 1957.

The goal of the Connecticut Corsair project is to restore the aircraft to flying condition. However, functioning components are not available anymore; even the plane’s spare parts are extremely worn-out. Connecticut Corsair is therefore turning to modern technology to salvage parts once considered unsalvageable.

Joining Technologies, also headquartered in Connecticut, is providing its laser technology and expertise to the project. Through computer-aided design and modern laser technology, the company is modeling parts and restoring components back to original shape. “As a Connecticut business, we are proud to be a part of the Corsair restoration project,” said company founder and CEO Mike Francoeur. “It’s very exciting that the power of modern technology is putting an historic aircraft back in the air.”

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