Europe's only flying Hellcat, originally delivered to the USN with BuNo 80141, is pictured undergoing a thorough refurbishment prior to (hopefully) emerging for the Summer 2013 air show season. Corsair G-FGID is also enjoying some winter down time.
This Hellcat was delivered to the US Navy in early 1945 with the BuNo 79779. It was subsequently transferred to the UK and kept and maintained at RNAS Lossiemouth for many years before arriving at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in 1970. It is now on display in Hall 2.
This aircraft ditched in the Pacific Ocean, near San Diego, CA on Jan. 12, 1944. It was recovered in 1970 after being discovered on the bottom by Lockheed Ocean Labs.' research submarine "Deep Quest". After being displayed at the Pima County Air Museum from 1974 to 1992, it was restored for static display at the National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola, FL.
This is another of the super dioramas to be seen at the National Naval Aviation Museum and depicts 'Minsi III' (one of the aircraft in which Cdr. David McCampbell achieved 34 kills, the Navy's highest scoring fighter ace) being worked on by her ground crew on the lower deck of a carrier. In reality this a/c was delivered in July 45 and became N7865C after the war before being acquired by the museum in 1971.