US Navy Patrol bomber. Composite aircraft rebuilt by Hawkins & Powers at Greybull, using major sections from N2870G (s/n 66304), N7962C (s/n 59882) and N3431G (s/n 66313). Even though most of the fuselage by far came from N3431G, the resulting composite airframe was wrongly given the ID of 66304 / N2870G, presumably for easier paperwork for the delivery flight from Greybull to the museum.
Luckily during my visit to the Lone Star Flight Museum many of the exhibits had been moved outside onto the ramp enabling me to get this shot of a fabulous, rare aircraft. Well done to all the volunteers who give their time to bring this aircraft (ex US Navy 59819) back to life.
This aircraft is marked as 66304 but the majority of the fuselage by far is from Bu66313 / N3431G, which served as a spares aircraft at Greybull for many years. Rebuilt at Greybull by Hawkins and Powers in 1981-1982, it was flown to the museum in January 1983. Severely damaged by Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 (rudder and engine #4 blown off, damage to fuselage, cockpit canopy, tail and wingtip, and top hatch missing). Had been repaired by 2007.
Back behind DC-7B N4889C was an unexpected find; the rear fuselage of PB4Y-2 N6816D, which crashed and burnt out on the runway at Wenatchee, WA on July 27, 1972. The remains of the aircraft were reportedly bought by Sergio Tomassoni, who was the "T" in T&G Aviation. This aircraft was BuNo 59905 while in service with the US Navy.