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Ex RCAF Mustang Warbirds Album Part 01 Index

Slideshow and Pictures 1 to 3
Slideshow of: Ex RCAF Mustang Warbirds Part01 ©Caz Caswell 1983-2009
Album Part 01 - Slideshow
9230 North American Mustang TF IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74497] N6320T in Post-war USAF markings and coded FF-497 - Photographed at Hamilton International Air Show, Canada on 21st June 1981 (Picture 1 of 2)
9230 Mustang (1)
9230 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74497] N6320T - Photographed at Legends Air Show at Titusville in Florida,USA on 12th March 1983 (Picture 2 of 2)
9230 Mustang (2)
9231 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74506] NL355J in the near authentic markings of the USAAF's 336FS/4FG named Juliet - Photographed at Legends Air Show at Titusville in Florida,USA on 12th March 1983
9231 Mustang

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Pictures 4 to 7
9235 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74409] NL51RT in the authentic markings of the USAAF's 336FS/4FG named Donald being flown by its last private owner Robert Tullius - Photographed at Corning, New York in August 1997 (Picture 1 of 2)
9235 Mustang (1)
9235 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74409] in the authentic markings of the USAAF's 336FS/4FG named Donald on display at the Royal Air Force Museum Hendon - Photographed at RAFM Hendon in August 2005 (Picture 2 of 2)
9235 Mustang (2)
9237 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo  BuNo 44-74494] N6356T in 'Patton' Movie Scheme - Photographed at London Gatwick in April 1969 (Picture 1 of 2)
9237 Mustang (1)
9237 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo  BuNo 44-74494] N6356T in the House Colours of Beagle Aircraft Limited - Photographed at its then Shoreham base in August 1970 (Picture 2 of 2)
9237 Mustang (2)

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Pictures 8 to 11
9245 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-25-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-73871] D-FTSI in 1950's USAF Markings Coded: TF-871 - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' 11th July 2010
9245 Mustang
9246 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-25-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-73979] in the Markings of Lt Col John D Landers personal aircraft 'Big Beautiful Doll' when with the 84FS /78FG USAAF based at Duxford in the closing days of WWII - Photographed at Duxford Air Show 29th July 1975
9246 Mustang
9247 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-25-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-73849] NL51JL in 'adapted' USAAF Markings with the name 'Jacks Toodie III' and coded  M:JL; JL being owner Jack Levine's initials. - Photographed at Hamilton, Canada on 20th June 1981 (Picture 1 of 2)
9247 Mustang (1)
9247 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-25-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-73849] NL51JL in 'adapted' USAAF Markings with the name 'Late for Dinner' and coded  J:LH. - Photographed at Titusville in Florida, just after the Legends Air Show on 12th March 1983
9247 Mustang (2)

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Pictures 12 to 15
9253 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74582] NL6329T in 'basic' USAAF Markings coded 276. - Photographed at at a very wet Hamilton International Air Show on 19th June 1983
9253 Mustang
9255 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-20-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74602] Later N3580. - Pictured whilst serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force 424 (Auxiliary) Squadron at Mount Hope [Hamilton] Ontario during the 1950's - Copyright Jerry Vernon used with permission - Picture 1 of 2
9255 Mustang (1)
9255 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-20-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74602] N3580. - Pictured possibly at Reno Nevada where it often races probably in 2002 - Copyright Curtis Fowles of the MustangsMustangs Website and used with permission - Picture 2 of 2
9255 Mustang (2)
9259 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74878] N6306T in USAAF Markings. - Picture taken at the Hamilton International Air Show on 17th June 1989
9259 Mustang

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Pictures 16 to 19
9269 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74832] N6310T in 'adapted' USAAF Markings. - Picture taken at the Hamilton International Air Show on 21st June 1980
9269 Mustang
9270 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74878] N6341T in USAAF Markings. - Picture taken at the Hamilton International Air Show on 15th June 1984
9270 Mustang
9275 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74009] N988C named 'Ain't Misbehavin' in 'adapted' USAAF colours - (Picture 1 of 2). - Photograph taken at the Hamilton International Air Show on 20th June 1981. - Photograph taken at the Hamilton International Air Show on 20th June 1981
9275 Mustang (1)
9275 North American Mustang TF Mk IV [P-51D-30-NA - USAAF BuNo 44-74009] N988C named 'Ain't Misbehavin' in 'adapted' USAAF colours - (Picture 2 of 2). - Photograph taken at the Hamilton International Air Show on 17th June 1985
9275 Mustang (2)

Photographs are Copyright of Caz Caswell except:
Picture 7 Copyright: Lorraine Caswell © 1970-2010,    Picture 13 Copyright: Jerry Vernon © 2010,
and Picture 14 Copyright: Curtis Fowles © 2010 of the: MustangsMustangs Website Published with Permission.

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Album Part 1 Notes and Links by Caz
Notes
The North American P-51D Mustang is an iconic aircraft. In the later years of World War II they were frequently referred to as 'Little Friends' by the USAAF bomber crews that they protected. Not that the earlier models were any less of an icon, but it is the D model people see today, and that most can relate to when seeing these wonderful thoroughbreds when at Air Shows.

The most versions of the P-51 are well documented, and will not be covered within these two albums. Instead is those that entered the Royal Canadian Air Force during 1947 to 1951 that will be covered, specifically aircraft that are either still flying today as Warbirds, or those that were active in the recent past.

It was my friend Dave O' Mally of Vintage Wings of Canada , that got me in to this latest adventure after I read his article; 'Saving the Wild Mustangs' , for it was after reading this, that I realized that many ex RCAF P-51s were now flying as Warbirds! Hence my title for these two albums. The more I researched, the more fascinated I became. The Spitfire has to be my favourite World War II fighter, but the P-51 is a close second.

Thanks to Dave, I was put in touch with a very knowledgeable chap on Mustangs; a former member of 442 (Auxiliary) squadron; Jerry Vernon who was at the time researching a Mustang image I had in my collection and thus was the catalyst which convinced me to proceed to produce a couple of Albums on my website.
Jerry also told me some very fascinating facts, but I will save this for Part 2, which I am sure you will find of much interest as I did.

All Commonwealth Countries that operated the P-51 during and after World War II gave it the type Name Mustang. In Royal Canadian Air Force Service the P-51D was given the designation: Mustang TF Mk IV (TF standing for Tactical Fighter). Technically all P-51D's delivered to Commonwealth Countries passed through the United States Army Air Force first and were given a USAAF Bureau Number (BuNo) in either 20, 25 or 30 block series.
I fortunately found Bill Walker's Canadian Military Aircraft Serials Website , which enabled me to cross-reference RCAF serial to the USAAF BuNo and which also contains a wealth of other information.

Using the data from Bill Walker's site along with some from other sites, I was able to sort through the my P-51 Images held on my Computer and extract those that served with RCAF. To my (pleasant) surprise, there were sufficient to provide a solid basis to two albums.

Whilst my own Pictures brought me close to what I consider the right number for a two part Album, there wasn't quite enough and there were some pictures from other Photographers that I felt would really add to this series. Therefore despite my usual intention of only using my own pictures once again I have made exceptions to my own Guidelines, but feel the Album is better for them.

Links
North American P-51 Mustang - Wikipedia Entry

MustangsMustangs Website
North American P-51 Pages on the MustangsMustangs Website

Warbird Registry
North American P-51 Pages - Warbird Registry

Swiss Mustangs

Canadian Military Aircraft Serials Website

Vintage Wings of Canada

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