Sunday, 26 February 2012
North American P-51D-20-NA Mustang "Jumpin Jacques" 44-72035 in super P-51 display video!
A lovely air show display at Old Warden during 2011 by the Hangar 11 collection's North American P-51D-20-NA Mustang "Jumpin Jacques" 44-72035. Built at North American's Inglewood facility in California and accepted by the USAAF on December 21 1944 as 44-72035 she was originally earmarked for service with the Eighth Air Force in England but this was quickly changed to Project Number 91037R, indicating service in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. 44-72035 is an orginal 'Red Tail' - assigned to the 332nd FG, "The Tuskegee Airmen". She entered combat with the 15th Air Force around March 1945 serving out the last few months of the war on escort and ground attack sweeps over Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. She still carries the battle scars to this day, with bullet repairs in several places on the fuselage. As an original "Tuskegee" fighter and now part of the Hangar 11 collection based at North Weald, she is a rare thoroughbred and much welcomed on the UK and European Air show scene.