North American P-51D Mustang
1951: Jan 23, RCAF 9279
1958: Apr 29, RCAF SOC
1957: Feb 25, N6320T (#1), James Defuria / Fred Ritts / Intercontinental Airways, Canastota NY
1960: Aero Enterprises, Elkhart IN
1960: CF-PCZ, Neil McClain, Strathmore Alberta
1968: N167F, Paul Finefrock, Hobart OK
1980: N167F, Anders Saether, restoration by Vintage Aircraft (Darrell Skurich) of Ft. Collins
1985: finished restoration as "Old Crow", first flight by Anders Saether
1989: temporary paint - olive drab as "Cisco" AJ N for Memphis Belle film
1999: repainted as "Detroit Miss" E2 D
2001: repainted as "Old Crow" Olive Drab (thanks to Steve Huckvale and Anders Saether for info)
2012: Sold, N167F, Nordic Warbirds, Västerås Sweden
2012: Aug, N167F, Shaun Patrick, UK
2013: rework/overhaul, at Shoreham UK
2014: repainted, KH774 (sharkmouth RAF camo)
2015: Feb 02, G-SHWN, Shaun Patrick - Sharkmouth Ltd
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The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a requirement of the British Purchasing Commission. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed, and first flew on 26 October.
The Mustang was originally designed to use the Allison V-1710 engine, which, in its earlier variants, had limited high-altitude performance. It was first flown operationally by the RAF as a tactical-reconnaissance aircraft and fighter-bomber (Mustang Mk I). The addition of the Rolls-Royce Merlin to the P-51B/C model transformed the Mustang's performance at altitudes above 15,000 ft, allowing the aircraft to compete with the Luftwaffe's fighters. The definitive version, the P-51D, was powered by the Packard V-1650-7, a license-built version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 66 two-stage two-speed supercharged engine, and was armed with six .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2/AN Browning machine guns.
From late 1943, P-51Bs and Cs (supplemented by P-51Ds from mid-1944) were used by the USAAF's Eighth Air Force to escort bombers in raids over Germany, while the RAF's Second Tactical Air Force and the USAAF's Ninth Air Force used the Merlin-powered Mustangs as fighter-bombers, roles in which the Mustang helped ensure Allied air superiority in 1944. The P-51 was also used by Allied air forces in the North African, Mediterranean, Italian and Pacific theaters. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed to have destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft.
At the start of the Korean War, the Mustang was the main fighter of the United Nations until jet fighters, including the F-86, took over this role; the Mustang then became a specialized fighter-bomber. Despite the advent of jet fighters, the Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s. After the Korean War, Mustangs became popular civilian warbird and air racing aircraft.
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