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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 9:52 am 
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F4U-4 b/u 81799 VMF-312 Korea 1952
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F4U-1D VMF-216 USS Wasp
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F4U-1D VBF-83 USS Essex 1945

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Thanks, Jack, for starting off my morning right!!!!

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Anybody know what those two white stripes are on the wing of the Corsair in the bottom pic? Or is it just light reflecting off the wing? :?

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That's the AG 83 ID markings in use at the time. Double Diamonds carried on the tail and the top of the right wing..

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Anybody know what those two white stripes are on the wing of the Corsair in the bottom pic? Or is it just light reflecting off the wing? :?

John


The stripes almost look like they where caused by a fire.

I like of the bird in Korea with the Mechs keeping their Carbines close! That would make for a cool diorama.


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Nice Photo's Jack,

But this brings me to a question. If memory serves me, there is a "birdcage" variant Corsair down in Australia, the only one of it's type if I recall. The last I heard of it, it was airworthy. Does anyone know if that is the case still ? Or has it's disposition changed in the past couple of years ??

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Off the top of my head, mostly bone mind you, I thought that the POF bird was originally a birdcage, and there is one in a nice new museum in south america.

Nice pics Jack!

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Hi OP,
The POF Corsair is a early F4U-1A but never a birdcage. I does or
did have the belly view port. The x Dorn Corsair was also a -1A I
believe modified to accept a bird cage canopy.
I sure wish she was still flying.
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Honduran F4U-4 s/n 97288 FAH-612 at Toncontin base (Tegucigalpa),mid 70's
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the south american pic is a unique 1!!! ecxellent!!

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FG-1D FAS-219 BuNo. 92690 shown here during the mis 60's.This aircraft was shot down by friendly fire in July 1969 during the 100-Hour War with neigboring Honduras.It still remains under 100 feet of water in the Gulf of Fonseca,south of Honduras.

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Does anyone have any shots of VF-653 Corsairs????


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FG-1D FAS-219 BuNo. 92690 shown here during the mis 60's.This aircraft was shot down by friendly fire in July 1969 during the 100-Hour War with neigboring Honduras.It still remains under 100 feet of water in the Gulf of Fonseca,south of Honduras.

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Corsair BuNo. 92690 is owned by Bruce & Dave Etchell in Santa Rosa, CA. It wasn't under water the last time I saw it.
I thought 92690 was either FAS 220 or 218 when in service. Might have been painted as FAS 218 post active duty?? I though there was a pic in FlyPast years ago?
Maybe a mix up between FAS 218, 219, 220 and thier BuNo.#'s?

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BuNo.92690 is actually FAS-207.

FAS-218 and -219 remain unidentified to this day as far as Bureau Numbers go.

FAS-220 is the Evergreen Air Venture Museum Corsair...ex-Howard Pardue (BuNo.92095).

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Thanks Rob for the info.
Here's another FG-1D FAS-213 mid 60's.The scheme used by El Salvador was similar to the one Honduras used,therefore causing confussion among ground troops which resulted in the loss of one of their own aircraft.
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