EXHIBITED WEAPONS LOAD
Photo by Frank Warren.
Bu No 141136 Assignment Record
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Date of manufacture: Unknown
Photo by David Hanson, USS Midway Museum Curatorial Collections Manager
On hand for the arrival of F9F-5 Panther 106 aboard USS Midway Museum on 27 December 2005 were former VF-781 squadron mates Ed Bethel (left) and E. Royce Williams.
In November of 1952 Captain Williams made Naval Aviation history in a Panther. He writes, "I was the pilot of the F9F-5 # 106 when attacked by 7 Soviet MIG-15s. A long aerial battle ensued in which I shot down at least 3 of the attackers....maybe 4. My plane was badly damaged but I was fortunate to get back aboard on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Oriskany."
Captain Williams was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his participation in this action.
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This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation.
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