F7U-3 Cutlass Of VA-212 aboard Bon Homme Richard 1957
August 18, 2013 in Aviation
When I reported aboard BHR in 1957 this aircraft was on the flight deck. It was the only one on board and appeared to have been left over from VA-212. I have no other information on this except that it was lifted off and where it went is unknown. I found the decals on an old SuperScale sheet #48-350. There is a drawing of this airplane on page 40 and a photo of it on page 54 of the Squadron Signal book, USN aircraft carrier units, volume 1.
Also on board when I arrived was an F2H Banshee but I have no further recollection of it except that it was used in a training exercise and it was pushed over the side. As mentioned before, the kit is basic to say the least and is not entirely correct. But what the heck it was the only game in town at the time in 1/48.
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