Ex USN and South Vietnamese air force aircraft that was flown to Thailand in April 1975 and abandoned. Recovered c.1980 and shipped to Chino. Registered N39149 in 1983 but remained stored. Became N655TC in 2000 and an active project. Flew in 2009 in USAF Vietnam War markings and now based in Tennessee.
This aircraft had been 01977 with the USMC. After a long civil career, including survey flying in Canada as C-FYED, it returned to the US in 1989. The basic livery seen in the photo is the one it wore in Canada, with the addition of US roundels and USMC titles. The former serial has been incorrectly painted as 09177. N141U has since been reregistered N193DP and received a stylish civil paint scheme.