Also known as "Air Group One". All of the Commemorative Air Force's
aircraft are restored to flying condition. The museum recently relocated to this
hanger, across from the San Diego air museum, just outside San Diego.
Serial Number 42-14934
Built March 31, 1943
FM-2 Wildcat 86819
Operated with CAF San Diego during the 2000s
Purchased from RCAF
as a fire fighting aircraft, the plane is now restored in
RCAF markings from WWII.
This aircraft is in authentic North African
RAF markings, where Texans were pressed into service against
the Germans. The nick name on the side of the cockpit is
not a wartime marking. It was the name of the former owner's
daughter, who was killed in a car accident..
The museum recently acquired this aircraft
from the USAF, which forced landed and will be restored
to flying condition by the CAF. Seen here are photographs
of the aircraft in storage. It had not yet arrived at the
museum when I visited.