Tag: North American P-51 Mustang

Two killed in P-51D Mustang “Pecos Bill” crash in Texas

The P-51D Mustang “Pecos Bill” (s/n 44-74445, registered N4132A) crashed yesterday in  Fredericksburg, Texas. Little information is available on this tragic event but police have announced that the pilot and his passenger were killed in the crash. Some sources indicate that the passenger was a World War II veteran. Our thoughts and prayers go to …

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P-51 “Moonbeam McSwine” has returned to the US

The P-51D Mustang “Moonbeam McSwine” (previously F-AZXS) has returned to the US. The aircraft was sold to Frenchman Frédéric Akary in 2013 and had become a favourite at airshows in France and Europe thanks to Akary’s superb flight demonstrations. Before returning to France, “Moonbeam McSwine” belonged for several years to Vlado Lenoch, who was killed …

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First post-restoration flight for P-51C Mustang “Lope’s Hope 3rd”

The P-51C-10-NT Mustang “Lope’s Hope 3rd” made its first post-restoration flight on October 17 after being restored by AirCorps Aviation. The flight was made with pilot Warren Pietsch at the controls. The aircraft, serial number 43-24907, was used for training during World War II and did not see combat. It carries the colours of s/n 42-103585 …

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Mid-air collision for P-51 “Miss Helen” and “The Shark” at Duxford

The P-51D Mustangs 44-72216 “Miss Helen” and 44-73877 “The Shark” suffered a mid-air collision during a formation flight during the Battle of Britain Air Show in Duxford on Saturday the 23rd of September. Both aircraft were damaged in the incident but luckily they were able to land and their pilots were unhurt. The collision can …

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Steve Hinton Jr beats world speed record for piston-engined aircraft

On September 2, Steve Hinton Jr. established a new speed record for a propeller-driven piston-engined aircraft by flying the heavily-modified P-51 Voodoo at an average speed of 531.53 mph (855.41 kph), thus largely defeating the previous record, established by Will Whiteside Jr. and Yak-3U Steadfast in 2012. Despite this achievement, Hinton and his team were a bit …

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USA: Two killed in P-51 Mustang crash

Vlado Lenoch and his passenger Bethany Root were killed in the crash of the P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck” on Sunday, July 16 in Atchison county, Kansas. Vlado Lenoch was a respected member of the warbird community and a member of the Air Force Heritage Flight since its creation in 1997. Bethany Root was general manager at the …

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“Miss Velma” and “Berlin Express” damaged in separate incidents at Flying Legends

The TF-51D “Miss Velma” made a wheels-up landing during the Flying Legends airshow at Duxford this weekend. It appears the engine failed shortly before landing and the pilot made the quick decision to perform a wheels-up landing in a field. The aircraft suffered damage but the pilot was unhurt.   In a separate incident, the …

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CAC Mustang flies again in Australia

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“Tuskegee Airmen” P-51C flies again

The P-51C “Tuskegee Airmen” operated by the CAF Red Tail Squadron was damaged eight months ago in a landing accident in Dallas, TX. The aircraft was taken to AirCorps Aviation for repairs and flew again on December 1st with Doug Rozendaal at the controls.Rozeendaal reported that “there were no issues with the test flight and …

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One dead and one injured in Mustang crash in the UK

A P-51D Mustang crashed this Sunday afternoon in Topcroft near Norwich in the United-Kingdom. The passenger, a man in his eighties, was killed in the crash. The pilot was seriously injured and was airlifted to the hospital. The accident aircraft is P-51D Mustang “Janie”, owned and operated by Maurice Hammond from Hardwick the former RAF …

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Videos: First flight for Collings Foundation’s TF-51 “Toulouse Nuts”

Videos: Gary Norville via Facebook The Collings Foundation’s TF-51 Mustang “Toulouse Nuts” has made its first post-restauration flight. It is one of only three surviving TF-51 Mustangs, and is painted in its original markings of the 167th Fighter Squadron of the West Virginia Air Guard in the 1950s. Sources: Florida Warbirds Collings Foundation  

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Two killed in P-51 Mustang “Big Beautiful Doll” crash in Arizona

Two people were killed yesterday in the crash of the North American P-51D Mustang N351BD “Big Beautiful Doll” near Maricopa, Arizona. The pilot has been identified as Jeff Pino, former president of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and owner of the aircraft since May 2014. The identity of the passenger has not been revealed. Witnesses reported hearing …

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P-51C Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” damaged in wheels-up landing

The P-51C Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” of the Commemorative Air Force’s Red Tail Squadron was damaged in a wheels-up landing yesterday in Dallas. Pilot and Unit Leader Bill Shepard walked away from the accident unhurt. The restaured aircraft made its first flight in 2001 and was used to honour the memory of the Tuskegee airmen. In …

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P-51 Mustang racer “Precious Metal” heavily damaged by fire

The P-51 Mustang racer “Precious Metal”, heavily modified for racing, was seriously damaged by fire after refuelling on 8 September. Pilot Thom Richard was able to leave the aircraft unharmed, but the Mustang was badly damaged before fire units could respond. Following this accident, the numerous messages of support received by the Precious Metal team …

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360×180° video of Heritage Flight P-51 Mustang and F-22 Raptor formation

If you haven’t seen this yet on Warbirds News, chances are you’ll love it. This remarkable video by Lyle Jansma allows the viewer (if his browser permits it) to immerse in a Heritage Flight comprising a P-51 Mustang and F-22 Raptor. Start the video, and drag the image around to see what it’s all about. …

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