Photos from the early 1970s of Tanker 31, an F7F-3

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Tanker 31, F7F-3, N6177C. May, 1973.

(Originally published at 6:17 p.m. MDT June 24, 2019)

Today we have four more photos from the Flight Test Museum at Edwards Air Force Base — Tanker 31, an F7F-3 (N6177C). The hand-written notes on the back of the pictures say “Owned by Sis-Q Flying Service, Santa Rosa, California”. The photo from October, 1971 also says “Aero Union Corp., Chico, California”.

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Tanker 31, F7F-3, N6177C. October, 1971. The initials “JB” are on the back of the photo.
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Tanker 31, F7F-3, N6177C. March, 1972. The initials “JB” are on the back of the photo.
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Tanker 31, F7F-3, N6177C. May, 1973.

 

One thought on “Photos from the early 1970s of Tanker 31, an F7F-3”

  1. More than likely these pictures were taken by Jim Babcock, Mark Nankivil may know more about that.
    This particular plane crashed on my 22nd birthday, August 31, 1974, near Ukiah, California. The pilot died in the crash.

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