Last Chance Corsair

One of the oldest flying Corsairs in the world
is F4U-1A BuNo 17799, based at the Planes
of Fame (POF) Museum in Chino, California.
For many years, museum of ficials have
suspected the Corsair had seen combat in
World War II, but never found documented
proof, until author Michele Spry interviewed
a Corsair pilot for a children’ s book. Spry’s
research revealed three living Marine pilots
who flew the POF Corsair in combat. Spry and
Planes of Fame Museum sought to reunite
these heroes with their plane.

Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho!

In 1956, B-29 s/n 44-69972 was among 50 Superfortresses that were parked in the desert at China Lake. They were to meet an ignominious end as targets for ballistic missiles; however, luck spared a plane named DOC that was all but forgotten. When Tony Mazzolini decided to search for a B-29 to restore to flying status in 1987, everyone told him there were none left, until he heard about DOC. This is the story of the three-decade odyssey that culminated in DOC returning to the skies.