Built by Vought. Constructor Number 3884. Accepted August 31, 1943 On on September 6, 1943 delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F4U-1A Corsair bureau number 17799.
Likely, this F4U was assigned to combat overseas from September 1943 until mid 1944 when it was sent back to California.
During August - October it was under repair at NAS San Diego. In December 1944 it was assigned to VF-84. In January 1945 it was assigned to VBF-14 based at San Ysidro.
Next, from February - March 1945 assigned to VBF-98 at Los Alamitos. From April - June 1945 it was assigned to (CAS) Carrier Air Service 13, and then transferred back to VBF-84 also at Los Alamitos.
In August 1945 it was transferred to NAS Hopeville and a CAS. It was stricken from the registry on August 31, 1945.
Acquired by MGM Studios at Culver City, CA from 1960-1970.
Purchased by Ed Maloney founder of The Air Museum / Planes of Fame in 1967 with civilian registration N83782 and returned to airworthy status in 1977. Used as a movie prop in the television series Baa Baa Black Sheep during 1977-78. Originally painted as USN 17799/WS-80 and later 17799/4. Today it it is in US Navy camouflage with fuselage number 799, and operates during Planes of Fame airshows and events.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - Vought F4U-1A Corsair 17799
"17799 (MSN 3884 ??) SOC Aug 31, 1945. Acquired by MGM Studios for a film that was never made. Noted derelict outside MGM studio in 1969. To the Air Museum, Ontario, CA in 1970. Registered N83782 Sep 1977. at Planes of Fame, Chino, CA as NX83782. Flew in TV series "Baa Baa Black Sheep"
WRG Warbirds Registry - Corsair Registry - Corsair/Bu. 17799
Thanks to Mark Foster / Planes of Fame for historical information
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June 29, 2019