From memory, and I'd happily be corrected if I got it wrong.

The T-33 significantly improved the control issues. On arrival at Stead, due to system setup/fingers in the cockpit the tailwheel did not come down, and the tower let Neil know. He elected to do another circuit to try and get it sorted out. Unknown to him, a bullet was lodged in the oil cooler and came out at this time (The hangar had been shot-up by somebody, they found all the bullets but one. The side panels were off the airplane so it wasn't like looking for a bullet hole in the skin....) The oil pressure went away with the oil and the airplane didn't make the runway.

I was planning on putting T-33 tail feathers on my Yak project until kids came along and changed life plans, now it belongs to someone else.

Mark