Built by Grumman. Constructors Number A-10337. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F6F-5 Hellcat Bureau Number 79192.
During World War II, this Hellcat was based at NAAS Santa Rosa, CA and assigned to squadron VBF-11. No known nickname or nose art.
After the war, it was used as a target drone. After making a wheels up landing, this Corsair was written off during May 1956. Placed into storage upside down in a cradle at NAS China Lake. The wreck was stripped and disassembled.
The wreckage was transported aboard Military Sea Transport to New England Air Museum arriving on October 1973. Stored outdoors during 1974.
Restoration was performed in Rhode Island by Lawrence Webster over twelve years. Damaged by a tornado in 1979 and afterwards repaired. In 1991 the engine had been restored. Restoration was completed on July 19, 1992.
Displayed at New England Air Museum. Painted in the markings of VBF-11. The Hellcat is displayed with rockets and the left wing in the folded position with machine gun doors open.
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January 9, 2018