F-1 Skyraider

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  1. SocialDecay

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    I found this aircraft, slowly deteriorating at an undisclosed location. (Will not mention the location for i do not know the owners wishes on publication)

    And was wondering if anyone can help me out on a bit of a backstory behind it.

    Well, here are my crappy cellphone camera pictures, but i got a good one of the numbers.
     

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    The correct designation would be A-1 Skyraider, not F-1. In this case, it was the predecessor to the A-1, the XBT2D-1, of which 25 total were built.

    The XBT2D-1 was originally designed to replace the Dauntless and was dubbed the Dauntless II.

    I am very interested in getting more info on this aircraft. Does the owner plan to restore that to flying condition?
     
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    More info on the XBT2D-1. The serial numbers for the 25 units are sequential from 09085 through 09109. 09103, in your pictures is construction number 1931. The last known location of the aircraft was in the Walt Soplata collection. Is it still in that collection? Before that, it was in a junkyard in Fairless Hills, PA.

    Joe Baugher has a great writeup on the XBT2D-1 here:
    Douglas XBT2D-1 Dauntless II
     
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  6. SocialDecay

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    Sorry for me being away, kinda forgot I had joined this forum.

    Yes, it was Mr. Soplata's collection, and as far as I can tell, none of the aircraft there are in hopes of restoration, he collects them, and puts them in the back yard. Many of the aircraft he has are just peices and parts, there were only a handful of complete aircraft. This one was one of them, as well as a B-25, and I don't remember the fighter jet other than its designation was the "Cutlass" and it had a really tall front landing gear, so it sat at an upward angle.
     
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    From the look of things I'd say "Collection" is a misnomer. Junkyard seems closer to reality. What's this Soplata do with these aircraft anyway? Looks like he watches them turn into scrap. :evil:
     
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    Skyraider Bob's A-1H (later called the AD-4)
     

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    Only the A-1H had them and I think Skyraider Bob's is the last one flying. They are HUGE.
     
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    Well, the majority of his aircraft were recovered from scrap yards and the like. He has saved many of them from being completely destroyed, and alot of them are only parts of the aircraft. And remember, one mans trash is another mans treasure.
     
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