FAA Grumman Wildcat AL426 being stripped, restored & preserved at Yeovilton, UK
These few pics are from a visit we paid to the FAA Museum at Yeovilton in around 2006 when they were restoring their Wildcat AL246.
I found it amazing that the colours inside had never been touched up or replaced and were a true depiction of paint used way back when the plane was taken on charge in the 1940s!
There was evidence of a repair under the starboard wingtip which was not documented on the aircraft logs and also showed the light blue colour first used by the FAA at the time before Sky type ‘S’ became the norm. The large type ‘A’ underwing roundel was interesting too.
I hope you find these interesting. There would have been more but the batteries gave out on the camera I was using at the time so we had to be content with climbing all over the airframe, sitting in the cockpit …yada yada yada…. It’s a tough life!
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