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NC16793 Fleetwings F-4 Sea Bird landing at
Abbotsford, British Columbia in August 1977

NC16793 Fleetwings F-4 Sea Bird a rare bird indeed is this ,  built in the 1930's and once on the Canadian register as CF-BGZ - Seen landing at Abbotsford, British Columbia [YXX] for the annual airshow in August 1977 - They Like Water Part 2 - © Caz Caswell

Photographic Copyright Caz Caswell © 1977

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The Fleetwings F-4 Sea Bird (sometimes shown as Seabird) - Despite a total of only six Sea Bird Aircraft being built (the single F-4 Prototype and five F-5 Production versions), the type deserves at least a footnote in aviation history as not only being one of the earliest aircraft to use Stainless Steel for primary structure, but the first Stainless Steel Aircraft to achieve production!

The Photograph is of the F-4 Prototype and only surviving Fleetwings Sea Bird, which today is preserved at the Golden Wings Museum, Blaine, Minnesota. Originally registered Nx16793 it was sold to a mining company in Canada and registered CF-BGZ, but in 1940 returned to the USA and registered NC16793. Very Active on the Airshow Circuit through the 1970's it has continued to make the occasional appearance and at time of writing it appears is is still possible to book it for an Airshow appearance.

Fleetwings F-4/F05 Sea Bird Links:
Fleetwings Sea Bird (or Seabird) - Wikipedia Entry

Flight Magazine Article from 22nd October 1936 on the Fleetwings Seabird

Fleetwings Sea Bird - You Tube Video - Mixing incredible Archive Footage with Modern Static Photographs

Photograph of the Fleetwings F-4 Sea Bird when registered a CF_BGZ - Ed Coates Collection
Ed Coates Collection - Home

Fleetwings - Wikipedia Entry

Golden Wings Museum
Golden Wings Flying Museum - Home

Abbotsford Airshow:
Abbotsford International Airshow

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