BuNo 124560

Current Civil Registration Number N4901W

BuNo 124560 conducted operations in the Pacific with VC-3 aboard the USS Boxer during its service with the US Navy.  This eight month cruise took place in 1954, not long after the fighting in Korea had subsided.  After it was stricken from US Navy service in 1956, it became one of a select few F4U-5N/-5NL types taken on by the Honduran Air Force marked as FAH-601.  It fought against El Salvador during the 1969 war and remained airworthy for another decade before being sold back into the United States.

Howard Pardue & Bob Ferguson did the honors of bringing BuNo 124560 back onto the US civil market and civil registered her as N4901W. It was soon sold on to aircraft broker Denny Sherman in West Palm Beach, FL.  Sherman sold the Corsair to future air race contender Bruce Lockwood who led the all-weather fighter on an epic journey from Florida back to his home base in Juneau, Alaska.  After just one year, Bruce parted ways with the F4U-5NL as it was passed on to fellow air race competitor Alan Preston in Dallas, TX.

After briefly wringing out the largely stock fighter at the 1985 Reno air races, Preston sold BuNo 124560 in 1988 to David Burnap who at the time operated an advertising agency with his son in Cincinnati, OH.  Burnap maintained and flew the fighter until 1995 when it was sold to its current owner, Raymon Thompson of Kalispell, Montana.

Raymon Thompson gave the fighter a complete makeover including a new paint scheme depicting the approximate markings BuNo 124560 would have worn during its stint with VC-3 squadron.  Thompson’s chief pilot Steve Bakke continues to maintain the Corsair to this day as an active participant on the North American air show scene.

 

 

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BuNo 124560 Hickory, NC May 1994 - Jim Sullivan
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Sept 4th, 2002 Gathering of Corsairs and Legends - Rob Mears

 

BuNo 124560