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Thursday, June 8, 2023


P-51C Thunderbird First Flight (1949 Bendix Race Winner)
AirCorps Aviation

That sort of looks like a P-51 Mustang, but where's the bubble canopy? It is a P-51, but it's the C model. The P-51 didn't get the bubble canopy until the D model. Of the 15,000 P-51s built during WW2, 12,000 were the D model, so that's what you usually see.

This particular airplane was owned by Jimmy Stewart, famed actor and Brigadier General in the United States Air Force. In 1949 it was used by Joe De Bona to win the Bendix Trophy Race and by Jackie Cochran to set a speed record.

Aircorps Aviation is co-located with the Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot, North Dakota. They have upwards of a dozen old warbirds in their collection, several of which are air worthy. The Minot Air Force Base is just down the road.

Via Brucexo

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