Warbirds Today

A series of images taken on one of our sound sorties in North American P-51D-20-NA Jumpin' Jacques. Special thanks to Peter Teichman at Hangar11 for our flights.
"Jumpin Jacques" is a P-51D-20-NA model, built at North American’s Inglewood facility in California. Originally set to become part of the Eighth Air Force in the UK, this was soon changed to service in the Mediterranean Theatre.  44-72035 began her journey overseas on January 4 1945 with a ferry flight arriving at Newark, New Jersey, on January 10 where she was prepared for shipment "Oham" the codeword for the 15th Air Force based in Italy.  44-72035 was assigned to the 332nd fighter group. The 332nd became very famous as the first all Afro American manned Group known as "The Tuskegee Airmen" and their aircraft famously painted with "The Red Tails". 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 duties over Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. She still carries the battle scars to this day, with bullet repairs in several places on the fuselage.

Special thanks to Bob Bourlier for sending the images of restoration 'Happy Jack's Go Buggy'
in the above images. Comparisons with our model will show our incredible attention to detail.

Ed Shipley, Dan Friedkin and Jim Beasley going through the Horseman routine at Duxford's Flying Legends airshow 2009.

Biltema Cavalier F-51D Mustang II NL405HC - 405 - At Flying Legends in July 2010
This aircraft, originally a P-51D was modified to Cavalier status in the late 1970s. The most obvious modification is the higher fin. We hope to include a model of 405 in our restored part 2 release.