EAA’s P-51D

EAA’s P-51D


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History:
This P-51D came off the North American Aviation assembly line in 1944. It was given the USAAF serial number 44-75007. Little is known about it’s history in the late 1940′s through the mid 1960′s. In 1966, the Mustang was restored by EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame inductee David Lindsay. Lindsay’s company converted many surplus Mustangs into the “Cavalier” executive transport in Sarasota, Florida. This aircraft raced at Reno as Race #96, piloted by Jerry Brassfield. The next owner was Rovert Love, President of the Pacific Military Museum. Love donated the Mustang to EAA in 1977. During the late 1970′s, 1980′s, and 1990′s the Mustang was nicknamed “Paul 1″ in honor of EAA Founder Paul H. Poberezny. Paul flew the P-51 as the EAA flagship aircraft at many air shows and fly-ins over the years, including racing at Reno. “Paul 1″ has been retired to the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Specifications

Registration Number Date of Manufacture
N3451D 1944
Aircraft Role Nickname
Fighter Mustang
Aircraft Type: Wingspan:
North American F-51D 37′
Overall length: Empty weight:
32′ 2″ 7,125 lbs.
Gross weight: Fuel capacity:
11,600 lbs.
Oil capacity Engine type:
Packard Merlin V-1650-7
Propeller type: Max Speed
Hamilton Standard 4 blade propeller 437 mph.
Rate of Climb Cruise Speed
2,555 feet per minute 370 mph
Service Ceiling Number of Crew
42,000 feet One pilot (also configured for one passenger)
Armament Bomb Load
6 x .50 Cal.machine guns; bombs or rockets 1,000 lbs. of bombs or rockets
Number Built Number Surviving
15,586 several hundred

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Photos

EAA AirVenture Museum - "Paul 1"

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Restoration
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Restoration Images

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Links
http://www.eaa.org
http://www.warbirds-eaa.org
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