Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. At the factory, converted from an L-5-LO model to a F-5G-6-LO photographic reconnaissance model. Delivered to the U. S. Army. One of 63 L-5 models converted to a photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army.
On January 24, 1946 stricken from charge at Kingman Airfield and stored outdoors. During 1946, sold to to Mac Millian Oil Company and registered as N9957F, then registered as NX57492, used as Bendix Racer Number 55.
During November 1955, sold to Hycon Aerial Surveys, Pasadena CA and registered as N9957F. Next to the Tallmantz Collection, Orange Count, CA from January 1964 until 1965. Afterwards, to Rosen Novak Auto Company in Omaha, NB during 1965-1966 then to RW. H, Erikson, Minneapolis, MN 1969.
During 1972, to Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC). In 1980, to Gary Larkins / RMP Aviation, Colfax, CA.
During April 1981, installed as a gate guard at McGuire AFB. Displayed on a pylon at the Major Thomas B. McGuire Jr. Memorial painted in the marking of Thomas McGuire's P-38L "Pudgy V" 42-66817.
Warbirds Resource Group - F-5G 44-53015
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September 25, 2018