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  1. It was clearly postwar but not because you mistook it for an F4U-5, which it isn't (the designation above the unreadable BuNo is F4U-4) but because of the faded red stripe in the insignia. I included it as a comment on actual paint and markings at any given time versus dates of directives.
  2. For what it's worth: https://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2012/06/sea-blue-vs-insignia-blue.html
  3. http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2019/09/grumman-f6f-hellcat-belly-tank.html
  4. What kind of info? Size, location, when open/closed?
  5. The data to do a scratch conversion to any of the first 47 Phantom IIs is all here: http://www.ginterbooks.com/NAVAL/NF108.htm
  6. The AD-5 armor was a bit different because of the relocation of some engine accessories. See http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2017/08/douglas-ad-5-armor.html
  7. The F9F-8B was an F9F-8 (single seat) modified to carry a nuke. In the great redesignation of Navy aircraft, it became the AF-9J. The TF-9J was the two seater, formerly designated the F9F-8T. The fact that an F9F-8 has a intake splitter plate (not "slat") or not does not make it a -8B or not. Early F9F-8s did not have the splitter plate; later ones did. I don't know when the splitter plate was incorporated in production. I do know that blue F9F-8s and early gray/white F9F-8s didn't have them. I had assumed that they were a standard retrofit since they provided a thrust benefit but the early -8s that went to the training command to replace Panthers didn't have them. The highest F9F-8 Bureau Number I've seen without the splitter plate in a quick review is 141157. The lowest with a splitter plate was 141143. This suggests that it was a retrofit. For what it's worth, those BuNos are in the production block of 141030-141229, which also indicates that 141143 was a retrofit, based on the suitability of that particular Cougar for another tour. The first set of Blue Angel F9F-8s did not have splitter plates. In this video, #2 does have a splitter as well as an inflight refueling probe that the other three do not. Again, that doesn't make it an F9F-8B although it could have been. Also see http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2014/12/f9f-8-variations.html
  8. Actually, he wasn't. There are doors leading to passageways under the flight deck that the sailors could use to get out of the catwalk and danger. Bjorn (see his build-article link) is one of the few who got it right. Here's another one: http://thanlont.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-gutless-cutlass.html
  9. Not cheesy - afterburning: see https://www.pinterest.com/pin/449585975284805264/
  10. Correct - the oil to the rear bearing of the engine was not returned to the reservoir but simply vented overboard at a rate of about two quarts per hour.
  11. "For night-fighter gunnery training purposes the F4U-5N had three retro-reflector devices (trihedral prisms): one on the upper surfaces of each wing tip and a third located on the tail cone. The prisms were used in conjunction with a light projector and the gun camera of the pursuing aircraft."
  12. Definitely possible. If you're desperate or indifferent to accuracy. See http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2011/04/fj23-fury-redux.html
  13. The forward "raked" pylon was introduced with the AD-5 and carried over to the AD-6/7. My understanding is that the new pylon was required for ground clearance of a store that was introduced concurrently with the AD-5. As far as I know, it was never back fitted to the AD-4 perhaps because it was nearing retirement from front-line usage.
  14. You don't see a center pylon on the AD-4 because as shown in Finn's post above, it didn't have one. The rack was located within the fuselage. Also see http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2015/07/douglas-ad-1-skyraider-pylons.html
  15. Blogger started working again so here is my post of AD-5 armor information: http://tailhooktopics.blogspot.com/2017/08/douglas-ad-5-armor.html
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