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    This page documents a history of a specific aircraft. The details provided vary from aircraft to aircraft and are dependent on the research and amount of data uploaded to the Aerial Visuals database.

    Airframe Family: Vought F4U
    Latest Model:F4U-4
    Last Military Serial:97142 USN
    Construction Number:9296
    Last Civil Registration:N4802X
    Latest Owner or Location:National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola NAS, Pensacola, Florida

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    Dates

    Event

    Constructed as a F4U-4.

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Navy with BuNo 97142.

    In 1959 - By 1973

    To Robert Bean, Hereford, AZ with c/r N3771A.

    A sale to the Honduras Air Force fell through.

    By 1959 - By 1969

    Stored unrestored at Phoenix-Moseley Field, AZ.

    By 1973

    Stored unrestored at Tucson, AZ.

    By 1978 - By 1980

    To Arthur W. McDonnell, Mojave, CA.

    By 1978 - By 1980

    Static restoration at Mojave, CA, for the USMC Museum. 97349 was restored at the same time and location and it is reported the manufacturer data plates were inadvertantly swapped between the two airframes.

    In 1980 - By 1984

    To USMC Museum, MCAS Quantico, VA.

    On 3 April 1984

    Civil registration N4802X (F4U-4, 97349) reserved.

    On 3 April 1984

    To unknown owner with c/r N4802X.

    In 1984

    Based at National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola NAS, Pensacola, Florida.
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    Markings Applied: WR-18, 97349
    Displayed at Pensacola, FL.

    By 1986

    Displayed in Marines markings in a carrier deck diarama.

    Markings Applied: 18, MARINES, WR, 97349
    Note this airframe is not 97349, it is just marked as that airframe. The markings indicate the accidental data plante swap likely was not detected at this time.

    On 11 September 2003


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield

    On 11 September 2003


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield

    On 19 April 2010


    Photographer: Matt Maranto

    On 27 March 2011


    Photographer: Terry Fletcher
    Notes: Pensacola Naval Air Museum

    On 25 April 2011

    Civil registration, N4802X, cancelled.

    On 8 October 2011


    Photographer: Matt Maranto
    Notes: Displayed as 97349/WR-18.

    On 8 October 2012


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield

    On 8 October 2012


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield

    On 8 October 2012


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield

    On 8 October 2012


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield


    Credits
    Data for airframe dossiers come from various sources. The following were used to compile this dossier...

    Print Sources
    U.S. Military Out of Service 2010 by Andy Marden
    Warbirds Directory, 5th Edition by Geoff Goodall

    Internet Sources
    Federal Aviation Administration in the United States of America
    United States Military Services Serial Number Lists by Joe Baugher

    Individual Contributors
    Matt Maranto

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