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There I am at the August 1979 Madera, California "Gathering of Warbirds" airshow and I am sitting in a derelict WWII-era Naval Aircraft Factory N3N Navy flight training biplane. It had been sold surplus after its military service and converted into a crop duster and no doubt saw heavy use before it was retired, parted-out, and pushed into the weeds. I just had to climb in and my friend took the picture. View full size.