BuNo 121881

Current Civil Registration Number N43RW

Though it didn’t take part in combat operations over Korea, BuNo 121881 did serve with a number of stateside squadrons including VF-4B, VF-82, VF-174, VF-44, and VMA-324 between 1948 and 1957.

After it was stricken from the active roster, BuNo 121881 became one of twenty-seven F4U-5, -5N & -5NL Corsairs sold to the Argentine Navy where it served in the 2nd Attack Squadron of the Esquadrilla Aeronaval de Combate until 1965.

In 1968, BuNo 121881 was selected to serve as a monument in the Argentine city of Trelew.  It was mounted atop a concrete pedestal there where it remained on outdoor display for 21 years.

In 1989, Bob Waltrip purchased the Corsair for his ‘Lonestar Flight Museum’ and had it relocated to Ezell Aviation in Breckenridge, TX for a complete restoration back to airworthy condition.  It emerged from the shop three years later wearing the famous colors of Lt. Guy Bordelon's Korean War-era F4U-5N “Annie Mo” and remains an active participant on the US air show scene to this day.

 

Nelson Ezell Restoration, Breckenrdige TX 1993/94 Midland, TX 2000 - Mark Morris McCollum Field March 24, 2005 - Mike Schneider
McCollum Field March 24, 2005 - Mike Schneider Doug Fisher Doug Fisher

 

BuNo 121881
'Annie Mo'