BuNo 88458

Current Civil Registration Number NX5588N

F2G-1, BuNo 88458 spent its entire service life at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland serving as an Armament and Tactical test bed.  After being stricken from active service in 1948, it was purchased by U.S. Navy pilot Cook Cleland whose racing team flew the plane to victory in 1949 Cleveland Air Races.  Beyond that date it was retired and largely forgotten about by its owner after being relegated to outdoor storage.

The plane languished in various fields and open lots until Harry Doan of Daytona Beach, Florida finally relocated the plane into hangar storage in 1982.  It was later sold to Texas, and then to Kansas before finally finding a new lease on life in 1995 at the hands of Bob Odegaard of Kindred, North Dakota.

Odegaard transformed the sad hulk back to airworthy condition, resplendent in the same livery it had worn in 1949, as race number “57”.  Over the next decade, he maintained a high profile on the air show circuit, touring throughout North America in the brightly colored racer.

In 2009, BuNo 88458 was sold to private collector Ron Pratte of Chandler, AZ and relocated to his hangar where it is maintained in operational condition."

 

BUNo 88458 - October 24,1964 - Jim Sullivan Collection BUNo 88458 F2G-1 Dayton, OH July 18, 2003 - Mike Schneider

BUNo 88458 F2G-1 Cockpit Dayton, OH July 18, 2003 - Mike Schneider
BUNo 88458 July 24 2001 - Mike Schneider Collection BUNo 88458 July 26th 2001 - Mike Schneider Collection

BUNo 88458 Cook Cleland and Mike Schneider Dayton July 18, 2003 - Mike Schneider

BUNo 88458 Cleveland, OH 1949 - Jim Sullivan Collection BUNo 88458 1949 Clevland Air Race - Jim Sullivan Collection BUNo 88458 Dayton OH - Mint Moore