Panther Paint Job
Watch a 57-year-old warbird go from Winona rags to Blue Angel royalty.
- By Michael Klesius
- AirSpaceMag.com, November 17, 2009
Wings held high, the Panther appeared ready to take flight like a bird flapping its wings. The wings folded to maximize space aboard aircraft carriers in the early 1950s, and were usually positioned nearly vertical. On this day, the staff was testing special wing struts they had fabricated from an original piece. Numerous patches were visible on the airplane where holes and dents had been filled with an aluminum epoxy compound, then sanded.