Justin Taylan 2006
The last Vindicator delivered to the US Navy, in 1939. It served with four squadrons from carriers USS Ranger CV-4, USS Wasp CV-7 and USS Charger ACV-30.
Assigned to Carrier Qualification Training Unit at NAS Glenview, IL in May 1943, less than a month later, it was ditched into Lake Michigan by pilot A. W. Lemmons.
Recovered in 1990 by the National Museum of Naval Aviation (NMNA) from 130' of water, and restored at the NMNA. Today, it is displayed statically restored at the museum, and is the only Vindicator known to exisit in the world.
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May 22, 2017