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1969 A7 Corsair vertical stabilizer Vietnam
Old 12-08-2019, 07:44 PM   #1
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Hi, I hope this counts. I was gifted this vertical stabilizer/tail recently while taking apart a 1969 A7 Corsair for transport. It is the original tail piece and the aircraft did two combat tours aboard the USS Midway and the USS Oriskany 1970-72. First as a member of the Champions CVW-5 and then with the Barn Owls CVW 19. It eventually was converted to a two seat and was used in training. The final tail code is for the Pacific Missile Test Center at Point Mugu. The current tail piece is a replacement with the aircraft and mine is the original. This aircraft had 100+ combat carrier missions mostly over North Vietnam. Best, Bill Bourque
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Here are pics of the current and past stages. And similar aircraft from the Barn Owls off of the USS Oriskany. And a final pic of the PMTC Corsair aircraft and tail codes, mine is 83, this is close.

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Old 12-09-2019, 10:02 AM   #3
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Awesome piece Bill!
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Old 12-11-2019, 08:10 PM   #4
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Nice gift!

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Old 12-12-2019, 01:05 AM   #5
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Hello, thank you. It was kind of hard work for an old guy like me. The tool sockets were like coffee cups and the wrenches like small baseball bats. Still it was worth it, curled up in the exhaust nozzle and all. Best, Bill

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Old 12-12-2019, 03:19 PM   #6
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Bill, it's a good thing you have a large garage!!
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