Eastern Aircraft (Grumman) FM-2 Wildcat

N5833 (BuNo 86819)


Taken at Tauranga Airport, 23 March, 2002. Tail surfaces as seen from the rear and to port. Note the trim tab in the elevator. The USS CARL VINSON marking commemorates the aircrafts participation in the Fleet week 50th anniversary celebrations of the end of WWII in 1995 when this aircraft was flown from the USS Carl Vinson. The yellow band and white marking below the tail surfaces (along with a single yellow band round each wing, and white patches on the outer rear half of the upper starboard wing and lower port wing) indicate the aircraft belonging to the USS Wake Island as part of Carrier Division 23.

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