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JR

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You guys are funny. Thanks for posting the photos.
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Growing up in So. Cal. and traveling (virtually) every summer up to the Mammoth Lakes/June Lake Loop area for summer vacations, I recall there being an A-4 Skyhawk at a park in (I believe it was) Lone Pine.  I think it was at the north end of town.  I haven't seen it there for years, and can't even find mention of it on google.  Does anybody here remember that plane, and know what may have happened to it? 

Thank you!

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I remember a jet in a park in one of the towns also, Lone Pine or Independence, on the west side of the road, but I think it was a Cougar.  I definitely remember that when driving through as a kid in in the 70s.
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I recommend posting your playground plane questions on WIX, they have the answer.
http://warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=3&sid=248e747e020781f223792ed9ca3f3349

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I often wondered whatever happened to the plane at Cabin John Park.  I grew up not far from there and mom frequently took us to the park to play.  Like others, I remember being able to crawl through the fuselage, starting at the tail and emerging from the inlet at the nose.  I remember in the early 1970s, the cockpit had been gutted of instruments and controls. The cockpit was nothing more than aluminum diamond plate as I recall, allowing a transition from the steps to the slide that came out the other side of the cockpit.

I was fascinated by the plane, pretty much because my family had an aviation background. Dad had been a pilot in the Army Air Corps before beginning his commercial career with Capitol Airlines.  Mom was a flight attendant.  Both continued to fly after Brand X was acquired by United.  Mom stopped flying after she had us, but Dad stayed on until reaching mandatory retirement.

I can recall almost getting stuck in the airframe at Cabin John once.  I had been crawling through with my arms ahead of me. Midway through, I tried to pull my arms all the way under but ran out of room, even though I was a skinny kid.

Are there any pictures of the plane that was at Cabin John?  As I ask this, I think Mom may still have some old slides from that era.

-Joe
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I do have a picture of the Cabin John bird:
Cabin John FJ-4 by David Cohen, on Flickr

Here is a picture of it while still in service at Willow Grove NAS:
139536 by David Cohen, on Flickr

SaxMan

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 #22 
I apparently have a lead on where the parts of the Wheaton F7U ended up.  Stay tuned!
Joeinblue

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Thank you Saxman!  That's the one I remember and probably goes a long way toward explaining how I ended up in Aircraft Maintenance for the Marine Corps. [biggrin]

-Joe
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