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|Keith Sowter Via Air Britain
On a recent visit to Miami, I took time out to visit Tamiami-Kendall
and pay my respects to "440". Since the last time I was there she has fallen foul of the Florida weather and looks a little
worse for ware.
Talking to the guys at the "Wings over Miami Museum", I gather that
since being on loan from the USAFM she has just sat there without any maintenance or care being taken to assure her preservation
since she was refurbished circa 2001.
I gather that since the Cuban Society requested her attendance
at Miami as a tribute to the Bay of Pigs conflict, she has had little or no interest in repect to protection and so she now
dons a Matt dull colour scheme in place of the smart makeover she once wore.
She is also strapped down and tethered like a masochistic whore awaiting
a beating but the only beating she is getting is the Florida rain and fine abrasive sand that rolls across Tamiami-Kendall
for 365 days a year, what a shame.
Above is "931" taken in 2001 by Airnikon and shows the
glint in her eye, as opposed to the dull frown she now gives off
Serial #: 44-35440
Construction #: 28719
Last info: 2008
Delivered to French AF as 44-35345.
BOC: Feb. 16, 1954.
- Based in Indochina.
- Returned to USAF, Oct. 22, 1955.
- Open storage, Clark AFB, Philippines,
Rock Island Oil & Refining Co, Wichita, KS, 1966-1971.
- Registered as N6838D.
- Converted to Consort
26, Hutchinson, KS.
Aero Union Corp, Chico, CA, 1971.
Conair Aviation Ltd, Abbotsford, BC, June 1971-1988.
- Flew as tanker #25.
- Registered as C-FMSB, 1977.
USAFM, Travis AFB, 1988-1999.
On loan from USAFM to the Cuban Society at Wings over Miami 2008, Displayed
as "931" as flown in the Bay of Pigs conflict