Manufactured in 1947, this aircraft was delivered to the Royal
Canadian Navy, s/n TG114, on May 24. Struck off charge on October 2, 1956 it
was registered as CF-OYF in November 1962. Registered in the USA as
N54M in 1966 it was wrecked when it overturned at Houma, Louisiana,
USA in 1967.
Restoration started in 1969 using parts of two other former Royal
Canadian Navy aircraft, VR918 and VR919. Converted to a two-seat
aircraft it was registered as N232J and was flown again in 1971.
From June 1994 to January 1995 it was registered in the UK as
G-BVOE, thereafter the former identity N232J was taking up again.
Between 1996 and 1998 it was restored to single-seat configuration,
a small canopy was fitted and the Bristol Centaurus 18 was replaced
by a Wright R-3350. Re-registered as N232MB it has been listed as
Racer number "232" and named "September Fury".
In the 2006 Reno Races it became the winner of the Unlimited Class Gold, with
481.619 mph (775.091 kmh), an achievement that could not be repeated in the