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North American P-51D Mustang

By Htam

2017_TAM_4767_D7100.jpg@ Camarillo Municipal Airport, CA

August 2017

This P-51 Mustang “Bunny”, from the Palm Springs Air Museum, taxies by for takeoff at the Wings Over Camarillo airshow.  This plane carries the markings of the P-51 flown by Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Bob Friend in WWII.  In reality, this Mustang was delivered in June 1945 and served with the 31st Fighter Squadron (Continental Air Forces) then transferred in 1951 to the 131st Fighter Bomber Wing (Strategic Air Command).  More than 8100 of the D-model were produced, contributing to the total of 15,000 Mustangs built for the war. After World War II, the P-51 Mustang served in the air forces of over 55 countries. Nikon D7100 w/ 18-200mm.

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