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    Default Planes of Fame Air Museumís F4U-1A Corsair Is a Combat Veteran!

    As some readers may already be aware, the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California recently received absolute proof that their Vought F4U-1A Corsair flew in the combat zone during WWII. The story behind this discovery is as simple as it is remarkable, and is totally down to the work of one woman, author Michele Spry. Planes of Fame will be hosting a unique, Living History event on August 6th, which will see one of the Corsairís two known living combat pilots reunited with their old mount. Now here is Michele Spry to tell her tale in her own wordsÖ

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    From the pictures of the logbooks at the Warbirds News link the plane was flown by Ferrill Purdy twice. His first flight in what is the current PoF Corsair was on June 24th, 1944 and was 0.5 hours long. I am unable to determine the scope of the flight from the picture of his log book. His second flight was on July 3rd, 1944 and it was a 2.3 hour long CAP flight. No target was listed in the Remarks in his log book. Wonder if it was a CAP of his own airfield? John Tashjian flew a similar CAP mission of 2.3 hours on June 10th 1944. Both were Marine fighter pilots flying with VMF-441 which was based at that time on Roi-Namur an island in the Kwajalein atoll.

    As an aside it is also pretty cool that the Planes of Fame Corsair had been used in the filming of the Black Sheep squadron television series. Up until now its most notable claim to fame.


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    There was a recent development regarding this aircraft. One of the pilots who flew it, Ferrill Purdy, was unable to attend the August monthly event that showcased this Corsair. Michele Spry the author who found out the Corsair's lineage started a GoFundMe drive to pay for the aircraft to be flown to Columbia Missouri. She was able to raise the $28,000 necessary to pay for the flight in less than 60 days!!

    Anyone in the Columbia, MO area this weekend will be able to see the aircraft and Lt Col Ferrill Purdy at the Columbia Regional Airport on Saturday October, 15th.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michele Spry @ GoFundMe
    With your help I am proud to announce that together we raised the $28,000 goal that was needed to bring the Planes Of Fame Air Museum to Columbia, MO! I hope you will mark your calendars to come to our FREE public event held at Columbia Regional Airport on Saturday October, 15th! The event starts at 10:00 AM where you will get a chance to meet Lt. Col. Ferrill A. Purdy and this 75 year old Corsair F4U-1A that he flew twice during World War II! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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    That was an awesome effort by Ms. Spry and no doubt there was a huge smile on Mr. Purdy's face during the event yesterday. Kudos to Ms. Spry!
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    Ahh, isn't he such an Angel?
    How could you possibly shoot at him?

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    Seems that at least 200 people attended the event yesterday.

    (The embedded video works in the preview but for some reason it isn't when I submit the post. )
    Source: https://vimeo.com/187491215



    Emotions run high as WWII fighter pilot reunites with his plane

    COLUMBIA ó Seated in a wheelchair on the tarmac at Columbia Regional Airport, Lt. Col. Ferrill Purdy proclaimed that he had waited long enough for his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    "I want to pat the belly of that plane," the 94-year-old proclaimed on Saturday.

    Michele Spry smiled and wheeled Purdy just behind the right wing of the Corsair F4U-1A, serial No. 17799, parked a few feet away.

    Grinning, Purdy reached his hand out and tapped the body of the plane 10 times, finishing with a sharp salute.

    He had flown the plane in 1944 over the Marshall Islands when he was a pilot during World War II. The plane ended up in a museum in Chino, California, 1,700 miles from Columbia where Purdy lives.

    Spry, who became close to Purdy while writing about his years as a fighter pilot during the war, spent seven weeks raising money to fly the Corsair to Columbia from California.

    Two weeks ago she hit her goal of $28,000. And this weekend, Purdy was reunited with the plane.

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