Savage AJ-2 BuNo 134035

Savage AJ-2 BuNo 134035

This photo was archived from the site of the National Museum of Naval Aviation at http://broadcast.illuminatedtech.com/display/story.cfm?bp=109&sid=8104.
The picture shows BuNo 134035 with number 18 on the engine nacelle and no tail markings. It is the same picture shown by Steve Ginter at the bottom of page 12 of his book. He explains that the plane was still in the hands of the manufacturer, that the 18 indicates that it was the eighteenth production model, that the plane was on the compass rose, and that the date was 4 June 1953.
This airplane was soon to be delivered to VC-9, and it became FG/1.
The National Museum of Naval Aviation may have put the picture on its site in the mistaken belief that the "18" on the nacelle indicated that the plane was 130418. Not so!