Plane to be Dedicated to Jerry Coleman

Restored F4U Corsair will be dedicated in honor of the baseball star and Marine Pilot

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011  |  Updated 12:26 PM PDT
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Plane to be Dedicated to Jerry Coleman

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COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 31: Jerry Coleman points to his wife in the crowd after receiving the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually to a baseball broadcaster for major contributions to the game, during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 31, 2005 at the Clark Sports Complex in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Local baseball star and Marine pilot Lt. Col. Jerry Coleman will receive a special dedication at the San Diego Air and Space Museum Thursday.

The museum will dedicate a restored F4U Corsair to the former Padres broadcaster, who served in both World War II and Korea as a Marine Corps pilot.

The private dedication ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. at 2001 Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park.

The Corsair was originally built for the French Navy, and was a part of the Suez crisis before being returned to the U.S. Restoring the plane took about three years, the museum said.
 

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