1996

This aircraft has been owned by the same individual since 1970. Here is a second photo from the same event at NAS Atlanta:

1996 pic 2

The well known aviation artist Sam Lyons has painted her portrait:

Sam Lyons 1996

On a personal note, owner Benny was kind enough to pass along a photo of this tag, which they found in the aircraft as they were rebuilding her. It says that the aircraft received a major overhaul at NAS Glenview in 1943:

1996 rebuild

In a recent conversation, Benny told me that he has reserved the registration number N45212. He will be re-registering 1996 under that N-number, which she originally received when she was mustered out of the US Navy.

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