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Grumman F8F-2/G58B Bearcat
Cleveland - Burke Lakefront (BKL/KBKL)
USA - Ohio, August -, 1981
Kenneth Koehn
Registration/Serial No. | Remarks & Notes
N700A (cn 1262) Here is an interesting one- technically, this is not an F8F-2 Bearcat, but caries a civilian designation of G58B. Built in 1950 This aircraft was never delivered to the Navy, but was instead used by Grumman for various duties (executive play-toy). Later owned by Bill Fornoff, he and his son Corky performed aerobatics in two of these aircraft. Sadly, Bill was killed in a crash in N700C, but Corky kept N700A flying. This aircraft performed in the 1980 Cleveland Air Show, and from best I can tell stayed in Cleveland for a year when I snapped this picture in August of 1981. Later owned by Steve Hinton, this aircraft now resides with Pond Warbirds in California in incorrect navy colors. Can you imagine such a gem of an aircraft just sitting behind a hangar at Burke with nothing between it and the public but a chain link fence?

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No FOD November 13, 2022 at 04:41AM Rating: 9
What were the incorrect USN colors?

RampBoss September 15, 2011 at 07:57PM Rating: 10
Wow. That is an interesting catch.