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Goodyear Corsair F2G-1 NX5588N
Photo ID: 1011667
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Model: Chance Vought, Goodyear F2G-1 Corsair Registration: NX5588N
Year: 1947 Serial Number: 88457, c/n 6167
Engine(s): P&W R4360, 4-Row, 28-Cyl. Owner: Robert and Donna Odegaard Family Ltd LLP 1, Kindred, ND
Location: Oshkosh '05 Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Date: July, 2005 Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info): Same
Notes: 9/8/05 - Warning - - if you think it is possible to "overdo" it on one aircraft, you might want to move on to some other photos. Corsairs were always my favorite warbird; red sunburst my favorite show-aircraft paint job; and the F2G with its awesome P&W R4360 has an indescribable mystic - - so be forewarned!

To go through the series more quickly, click on this photo to enlarge it, and then on "Next" in the bottom right corner of the photo box. You can see several action-series without having to close each photo.

Okay - - this aircraft bears the Navy BuNo, manufacturer's construction number and U.S. registration that were on Cook Cleland's black #84, flown by Tony Janazzo in the 1947 Thompson Trophy Race. Janazzo crashed and was killed on the seventh lap. The numbers from that aircraft were put on this airframe, which was the original test aircraft at Patuxant River, and was sold surplus without all the paperwork. The aircraft was then flown by pilot Ben McKillen Jr. in the 1949 Tinnerman and Thompson Trophy Races.

See the text below the photos for more details on both the original and current NX5588N, from Bill Meixner's excellent web site on the F2G. Scroll down to BuNo 88457 and 88458. I also have info below from the FAA files on this aircraft. This would cover both airframes.

We are indebted to people like Robert Odegaard for investing themselves into aircraft like NX5588N and preserving them for us. It takes money, but it takes a lot more than money. There is obviously a respect for such aircraft and the desire to make them available to us in this way.
Corsair P&W 4360
Photo ID: 1011668
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I used NX5588N in the Preferred Airparts', 2006 calendar. This would have been a good, somewhat abstract shot, but I went with something more conventional.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Corsair F2G Racer 57
Photo ID: 1011669
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Someday I'll have the courage to ask people like Odegaard if I can get a cockpit shot of their aircraft.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Corsair F2G, Cook Cleland
Photo ID: 1011670
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The Corsair did a simulated pylon race with P-51D, Cloud Dancer, several days. To my amazement and pleasure they went around and around. I could watch that part of Oshkosh for a long time without getting bored
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Corsair F2G Navy 88457, 88458
Photo ID: 1011671
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Pretty from any angle.

The F2G-1 Corsair was built by Goodyear, in Akron, OH. It did not have folding wings for carrier operations as the F2G-2 did. Only about five -1's were built and this is the last one.
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Chance Vought Goodyear F2G Corsair
Photo ID: 1011672
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Ready for the word "Go".
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Corsair, Cook Cleland
Photo ID: 1011673
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On the roll, "Smoke on".

Note the 11.5" auxiliary rudder as used on the F2G because of all the torque from the big R4360. (3/06 I talked with Robert Odegaard and he says directional control is not a problem on takeoff. However, that big prop blanks out the rudder on landing and it is imperative that the tailwheel be locked. He said in jest that it is more important to have the tailwheel locked than to have the gear down. )
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Corsair pylon racing
Photo ID: 1011674
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Coming into the turn
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Goodyear F2G Corsair N5588N
Photo ID: 1011675
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I'm teaching my grandkids to fly, but I don't think we'll use this definition of "steep turn"!
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Corsair, sunburst paint
Photo ID: 1011676
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Yeah man!!!
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Goodyear, Navy Corsair F2G-1
Photo ID: 1011677
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Coming through again
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F2G Corsair, Cook Cleland
Photo ID: 1011678
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Cranking down the straight stretch
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Goodyear Corsair racer
Photo ID: 1011679
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"See you in a few secs."
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Cloud Dancer, P-51D, F-51D, Jimmy Leward
Photo ID: 1011680
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Back again, pylon racing with Cloud Dancer, Jimmy Leward's P-51D, NL55JL
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Corsair flaps
Photo ID: 1011681
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Not the time to call on the radio and ask what his dinner plans are.
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Chance Vought Goodyear Corsair
Photo ID: 1011682
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Nice touch!
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History from FAA files:
March 5, 1947, War Assets Administrator, Washington, D.C. sold "Vought Corsair (Goodyear) F2G-1, Naval Identification No. 88457" to Cook Cleland, of East Cleveland, Ohio for $1,250;
6/47, Registration Certificate for Goodyear F2G-1, s/n 88457, NC5588N to Cook Cleland's Air Service, Willoughby, OH;
8/28/47, Application for Airworthiness Certificate. Shows R4360-4, 3500-HP engine. Airworthiness Certificate issued for NX5588N.
1/48, Safety Bureau of Civil Aeronautics Board writes to records section of CAA requesting info on Corsair NC5588N which was involved in an accident on 9/1/47;
3/48, CAA in Washington, D.C. writes Cook Cleland's Air Services, says aircraft is reported to have been destroyed, asks about disposition of aircraft registration. CCAS responds that it should be cancelled;
9/48, CAA document reinstating registration, Bill of Sale back to Cook Cleland from CCAS, registered as NX5588N.
8/49, Sold to Benjamin W. McKillen Jr., Willoughby, OH, registered as N5588N;
8/49, Application for Original Airworthiness Certificate by McKillen, "Certificated for the purposes of exhibition and racing, ferrying to and from such events."
2/50, Sold back to Cook Cleland's Air Services; 8/50, Application for Original Airworthiness Certificate by Cleland. (3/06 Odegaard says that Cook Cleland told him personally that the only reason for this transaction was that race officials were concerned that he had too many aircraft in the race. He "sold" N5588N to McKillen for the race and then it came right back to him.)
11/82, Sold to Harry S. Doan, Daytona Beach, FL;
3/89, Sold to D. K. Precision, Inc. or Ziegler Coach Co., Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and then to D. K. Precision, Inc.;
8/90, Sold to Air-Srv, Inc., Houston, TX;
12/90, Sold to Lone Star Flight Museum, Houston, TX;
3/96, Sold to Morris Ranch Inc. and Jack Reynolds, Hugoton, KS; 3/96 to Robert J. Odegaard, Kindred, ND;
7/01 to Robert & Donna Odegaard Family LLC; 4/99, Operations Limitations by FAA, saying that they "are part of a Special Airworthiness Certificate issued on 8/31/50"
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