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 Navy FJ-4B Fury flies again after 1 year of rework following crash
KA3B  [Life Member]
11/12/2009 12:31:52 AM
Back in November of '08, FJ-4B Fury N400FS belly landed at Pensacola.
Damage was more significant than first thought and in the end, it was
trucked here to the St. Louis area to be repaired and made whole again.
The work has been underway out at Spirit of St. Louis airport and a few
weeks ago, a friend had the chance to see the aircraft being put back
together. Yesterday he had the chance to see it complete and out on the ramp
with the owner flying in to make the first test flight. He could not
stay around for that - bummer - but it was nice to see it up close and
be able to shoot a detailed walk around of the aircraft. Here's a few
photos of this one of kind flyer...

Damage pictures first -







KA3B  [Life Member]
11/12/2009 12:32:43 AM
Repaired







retgarr  [Team Member]
11/12/2009 12:36:37 AM
Wow, I hadn't realized that plane crashed. I remember when it was completed and had a chance to see it at Oshkosh.
KA3B  [Life Member]
11/12/2009 12:36:45 AM
Hi All!

A great day to be at the airport today - wonderful weather, great
company and a very cool plane leaving and heading back out on the
airshow circuit. Dr. Sudgen put in a test flight Monday and again
Tuesday and found not a single squawk - the guys at AvMats did an
awesome job in bringing this aircraft back to life. So this morning,
Dr. Sudgen suited up and mounted up in his FJ-4B Fury and headed on off
to Pensacola to be at the Blue Angels Finale. Sure great to have
finally seen the Fury up close and flying.











ar10er  [Member]
11/12/2009 12:39:59 AM
Thanks! Great pictures.
Dumpster_Baby  [Member]
11/12/2009 12:41:40 AM
I used to see those overhead every day when I was a kid.
JackDaniels556  [Team Member]
11/12/2009 12:42:44 AM
Is this an updated version of the F-86 Sabre? Its looks almost exactly like it minus the bigger nose of the aircraft.

DeezNyuts  [Team Member]
11/12/2009 12:43:13 AM
Awsome pics.

And a truly special aircraft for some lucky owner.
retgarr  [Team Member]
11/12/2009 12:52:50 AM

Originally Posted By JackDaniels556:
Is this an updated version of the F-86 Sabre? Its looks almost exactly like it minus the bigger nose of the aircraft.


A carrier version. Beefed up gear, bigger wing, air brakes, and I can't remember what else.
sobekra70  [Member]
11/12/2009 7:27:05 AM
Originally Posted By retgarr:

Originally Posted By JackDaniels556:
Is this an updated version of the F-86 Sabre? Its looks almost exactly like it minus the bigger nose of the aircraft.


A carrier version. Beefed up gear, bigger wing, air brakes, and I can't remember what else.


The cockpit is a little higher and more forward. The horizontal Stabilizers are set at a lower dihedral,larger engine hence the deeper intake. 20 mm Colt cannons was also Navy,although the F-86 H had them.
KA3B  [Life Member]
11/12/2009 8:11:06 PM
Originally Posted By JackDaniels556:
Is this an updated version of the F-86 Sabre? Its looks almost exactly like it minus the bigger nose of the aircraft.



Google. Learn it. Know it. Live it.

bytor94  [Team Member]
11/12/2009 8:25:48 PM
One of the forgotten '50s fighters. And one of my favorite aircraft.
omega62  [Life Member]
11/12/2009 8:30:17 PM
Question for you Navy types:

What does "VAQ" mean? I know it refers to a carrier squadron, but what do the letters actually stand for?

<–––– Air Force type.

ETA: Thanks for the pics. Prior to this I never knew there was a navalized variant of the F-86.
LWilde  [Team Member]
11/12/2009 8:36:04 PM
Beautiful restoration for a beautiful aircraft.
Darrellbear  [Member]
11/12/2009 8:38:23 PM
I managed to see that plane last year, shortly before the crash. Good to know it's flying again.
Goodn  [Member]
11/12/2009 8:43:13 PM
Any landing you can walk away from is a good one!

I'm glad to see its up and flying again, that is a real beauty. Re skinning that thing had to take a LOT of hours.
Spade  [Member]
11/12/2009 8:54:38 PM
Originally Posted By omega62:
Question for you Navy types:

What does "VAQ" mean? I know it refers to a carrier squadron, but what do the letters actually stand for?
.


V = Heavier than air
A = Attack
Q = Electronic warfare