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Museum records indicate that this Corsair (Bureau #17799) first arrived in San Diego, CA, in August 1943 and was assigned to Navy Fighter Squadron 84 (VF-84) in December of that same year. In January 1944 it was reassigned to VBF-14 and then to VBF-98 in February 1945. Between April and June 1945, the aircraft served with Carrier Air Support Unit 33 (CASU-33). It was withdrawn from active service on August 31, 1945. The aircraft did see combat during its active duty career. After the war it was transferred to the Naval Reserve. It was stricken in 1960 andwas aquired by MGM Studios and used as a prop. It was obtained by the Air Museum Planes of Fame in 1970 and restoration to flying status was begun in 1976. The first post restoration flight took place in 1977. The aircraft was used in both the movie "Flying Misfits", which was the pilot for the series "Baa Baa Black Sheep", and in the series. It was flown in both instances by now Museum President Steve Hinton.

 

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