Panther Paint Job

Watch a 57-year-old warbird go from Winona rags to Blue Angel royalty.

(John Fleck)


(John Fleck)

By late September 2009, a coat of grey primer signaled that the airplane was headed for the paint barn. The ports in the nose of the aircraft would later be fitted with new barrels, manufactured by a local metal working shop, that recreate its four 20-millimeter cannons. The real guns could be fired all at once, or could be restricted to a pair for saving ammunition.

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