Sat May 24, 2014 8:14 am
Sat May 24, 2014 11:06 am
Mon May 26, 2014 3:41 am
Mon May 26, 2014 6:35 am
FutureCorsairOwner wrote:I'm pretty sure the -4 never wore that paint scheme during WW2...possibly post-war?
Mon May 26, 2014 6:39 am
Snake45 wrote:I wonder why the USN painted their F4U-4 in a USMC scheme. And why it has the VMF-312 WR code on the right side of the fin, but not the left?
Mon May 26, 2014 6:50 am
Mon May 26, 2014 7:04 am
APG85 wrote:From the museum website (which is one of the best aviation museum websites I've seen):
"Among the last batch of production F4U-4 Corsairs delivered by Vought, the Museum's F4U-4 (Bureau Number 97349) was accepted by the Navy in 1946, serving in both Navy and Marine squadrons. Stricken from the Navy inventory in July 1956, it arrived at the Museum in 1985 and is displayed in the markings of the VMF-312 "Checkerboards."
97349 (c/n 9503) planned sale to Honduras AF not completed. Was noted in 1974 at Tucson Inn Motel, AZ, later to USMC Muesum, Quantico VA, loaned to Pima Air And Space Museum, Tucson, AZ. The plane at National Museum of Naval Aviation marked as 97349 is actually 97142.
97142 (c/n 9296) to civil registry as N3771A, sale to Honduras AF fell through. Now on display at National Museum of Naval Aviation as 97349, civil registration N4802X reserved Apr 3, 1984. At Pima since at least Mar 1995.
Mon May 26, 2014 7:29 am
Mon May 26, 2014 8:01 am