There was another one (Stearman) found years ago in a old barn in Tallulah, Louisiana that was fully redone and put back into service in the 1980.
Also back in the 1980 I remember a old man Merle B. Gustafson In Tallulah had a Corsair F4U. I remember looking up on the playground in grade school and watching him fly. Doing stunts. He would dive hard looking like he wouldn't make it back up. Then he would pull out of it. The airstrip wasn't far from the school. I got to sit in it once and got a few pictures of it. He got killed welding up a gas tank on a boat that was improperly cleaned out. His wife sold the plane before he was even put in the ground to the shock of his children. They were wanting to keep it in the family.
Here is that very plane today.http://www.warbirdregistry.org/corsairr ... 97286.html
Another little bit of history with it
Merle B. Gustafson - Madison Parish, Louisiana
From Tallulah Madison Journal, October 11, 1984
Friends pay respects to Merle Gustafson
By Carroll Regan
"The eagle has fallen." Thus began the tribute written by pilots at the funeral last Friday for Merle Gustafson,
a legend in his own right.
Merle B. Gustafson, 51, a nationally known airobatic stunt pilot died Thursday at a Greenville, Miss. burn center
where he had been in critical condition for two weeks.
Gustafson was badly burned by the explosion of a fuel tank in a boat on which he was working. The accident occurred
at Scott Airport, where the boat was located. A friend, owner of the shrimp boat, was also injured from the explosion,
though not as bad as Gustafson.
A spokesman at the Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Center at Greenville, where he was taken by helicopter
after the accident, said he sustained second and third degree burns over 62 percent of his body. He suffered second
degree burns over 31 percent of his body.
Gustafson, a farmer and crop duster, was a colonel in the Confederate Air Force (CAF), an organization of about 8,000
pilots. Most own and fly World War II fighter planes and participate in air shows nationwide.
Scott Airport was filled with planes flown in by CAF members Friday, a tribute to Gustafson's popularity.
The fact that he was well-known in flying circles was evident Thursday. "I've had phone calls from just about every state
in the South," said Phillip Crothers, owner of Crothers Funeral Home, which handled funeral arrangements.
According to family members, Gustafson participated in as many as 35 air shows a year. The last show in which he performed
was at Pine Bluff, Ark. in September.
When he performed in the 1979 National Air Races in Reno, other pilots there referred to him as the "granddaddy of them
all" because of his expert flying abilities, family members recall. His renown in the flying world interested California
film makers, and in 1975 a movie based on his exploits was released under the title "The Country Boy."
Gustafson's interest in planes and flying started when he was 14 years old. As a teenager, he worked at Farm Air Service,
loading planes with chemicals for dusting. The first plane he flew was a Piper J-3 Cub while he was still in high school.
For the past 11 years, Gustafson took special pride in flying a U.S. Navy Corsair he restored. Practically all of
Tallulah recognized the sleek blue Corsair, the "Angel of Okinawa," with its powerful engine roaring overhead with
Gustafson at the controls.
A memorial service for Gustafson was held Friday at 2 p.m. at Tallulah First United Methodist Church with the Revs.
David Lawrence, Ray Robbins and Larry Miller officiating. Following the service, mourners gathered behind the church on
the banks of Brushy Bayou to witness seven CAF friends perform a "missing-man" formation flyover as a memorial to
Gustafson. Following the flyover, Howard Pardue of Breckinridge, Tex. roared over the bayou in his Corsair to climax
the emotional event.
Burial was in Providence Memorial Park Cemetery in Tallulah.
Gustafson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tallulah and Tallulah Masonic Lodge No. 308 F&AM.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sylvia Osborne Gustafson; a daughter, Gay Purvis; a son, Steve Gustafson; his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Manfred Gustafson, all of Tallulah; three sisters, Alice Gaumnitz and Arlice Evans, both of Tallulah, and
Mavis Bledsoe of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
The family requested that memorials be sent to the Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Center in Greenville, or
First Baptist Church.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJJ00tP-Ul0