Pappy’s Plane

If you’ve been following the air show circuit you may have seen the beautiful F-4U Corsair featured in the following pictures.  It was flown by the legendary Pappy Boyington of VMF-214, the (other) Black Sheep. (Note: I have to say “other” Black Sheep as I was once a member of the USAF’s 8th Fighter Squadron, also known as the Black Sheep.  Both squadrons claim to have picked up the Black Sheep as their mascot during the same year, 1941, for similar reasons.)

These photos were submitted Tally One’s resident aviation photographer and good friend, Bill Fauth.

Col Pappy Boyington had 26 air-to-air kills.  That’s right, TWENTY-SIX!  He was shot down by a Japanese Zero shortly after achieving his 26th kill and remained a P.O.W. in a Japanese prison camp until the war was over. Col Boyington is a well-known American Ace thanks largely to a 1970s TV series based upon his exploits as taken from a book he wrote titled Baa Baa Black Sheep.

The journal Veterans Today recently did an article on Pappy Boyington highlighting several of his accomplishments and his larger-than-life persona as experienced by those who knew him.  Aside from Col Boyington’s contributions to the war effort, his influence on fighter aviation was incalculable.  Professionally, he was a role model to many young boys who dreamed of growing up to fly fighters.

Col Boyington died of cancer on 11 January 1988 at the age of 75.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

By Tally One Editor Rob Burgon, Aircraft Photo Contributions by Bill Fauth, Photo of Pappy Boyington Public Domain obtained from USMC.

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