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P-51D Mustang in Detail
Preserved P-51s

n by Bryan Ribbans


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P-51Ds on Display...
 


This is resident at Tom Reilly's Aviation restoration facility based in Kissimmee, Orlando, Florida and is kept in flying condition. It is immaculate, however, I am not sure if the colour scheme is authentic. I don't think so. 

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Old Crow still belongs to Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson, a pilot who originally flew seveeral Mustangs with this name. Bud is a wartime ace who flew with the 357th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force at Leiston Field.

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At the same airshow were a rare collection of other P-51D's; Old Crow, Candyman-Moose, Double Trouble Two and Sunny VIII - shown here - were all there and together they flew in formation to make the largest assembly of P-51's in Europe since the end of World War II. Each aircraft had been finished to a very high realistic standard and it was a sight to behold. The noise level was deafening (lovely!).

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Double Trouble Two. The characteristic dark engine cowling panel below the exhausts is quite noticeable. 

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VF-R , a P-51D serial no. 44-74008 is owned by Intrepid Aviation in North Weald, UK

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Candyman-Moose is operated by The Fighter Collection at Duxford.

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Here is a Ding - Hao taxying along the perimeter track at Duxford during an airshow; note the position of the flaps, elevators and all the underneath fairings and vents. Just the stuff for diorama's. 

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Port side view of 'Ding - Hao'. This is another lucky chance... walking around Duxford one afternoon, 'Ding - Hao' was rolled out of the paint shop for the very first time - right in front of me! I thought it was my birthday... :-) As you can see, it has been finished very realistically as the overall paint finish is semi-matt and the hues and tones of the colors used are superbly close to the original. I could not personally fault this finish.

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