Sam Goldman (Chesapeake Aviation in Salisbury, MD) was the final owner of Pucket's aircraft. He told me that he bought the F2G with the intentions of racing it, but ended up scrapping it (much to his later regret) when the races were cancelled. I visited him back in 2003. In his office, he had the data plate clipped to a framed photograph of the corsair. He still had all the paperwork and said it was for sale, but never said at what price... just that it would be huge. I was told by a friend who had enquired about the data plate some time after Sam's death, that the people who took over his business were looking to sell it, but at a significant price. So, I suppose it is possible that this F2G might be resurrected some day... I sure hope so, even if it is a re-creation it would be cool to see.
So, a data plate is a data plate, its not an aircraft. Obviously you could source most of the parts for a "rebuild" from an F4U-4 or the like, and if you had enough money, you could come up with an engine. Somehow its not the same as pulling a rusted out Race 74 out of a treeline and restoring it.
Still, Does anyone know more about the Race 18 data plate? What about the Race 74 data plate? I saw pictures of the wreckage, and I'm guessing it may have survived.
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[Edited 2013-03-11 20:44:56]