A tip of the virtual hat to Marja Lampi , who reports that the world's only Brewster Buffalo — shot down in 1942, retrieved by a Russo-Finnish-American salvage crew in 1998, smuggled from Russia to Ireland to America in 2004, and loaned to the Finns for restoration — won't be returning here any time soon. In theory owned by the Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, its title is far from clear, and it may well be that the U.S. Navy would just as soon have it remain far away in limbo. The "loan" has evidently been extended by two years, so BW-372 will remain on display in the Finnish Air Force Museum at least until 2018. As shown above, the restoration was actually a conservation job, returning the Buffalo more or less to its condition when it was raised from the frigid waters of a Russian lake, which meant undoing the damage done to its in its travels (the fuselage was cut in half, among other indignities). Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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