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North American P-51 Mustang (N51MX) - 1945 F-51D
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North American P-51 Mustang (N51MX)


1945 F-51D


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Dave Sheehy
Nice pic Sam!
sam kumineczPhoto Uploader
Thanks Dave
Sam, "5" stars on this Mustang capture... and do you know the back story on the tall rudder/vertical stabilizer?
sam kumineczPhoto Uploader
Cliff, not sure history, it's based at stallion51 in Florida, but spends a few months a year in Dunkirk ny, if I see the pilot Lou horschel at Oshkosh I'll ask him, or I'll talk to him on FB. Nose art is Mad Max.
Here is history of the

sam kumineczPhoto Uploader
There is a restored P-51C in same tail markings
Thanks, Sam... I do appreciate that. Your link provided the answer... this one was a Cavalier conversion. That process added a "14-inch (360 mm) taller vertical stabilizer", per Wiki.

The FAA registry says this is a "D" model, but doesn't mention the Cavalier Mustang conversion where it was essentially re-manufactured.
Yes, this is a post war Cavalier conversion of a D model Mustang, but it's still a D model, that hasn't changed.
Look at the H model Mustang, there was a photo posted here recently.
The H model is an all new Mustang, it has the taller tail, revised fuselage and gear. It looks mostly like a standard D model, but it's pretty much different parts that are not interchangeable with any of the earlier models.
sam kumineczPhoto Uploader
Since it's a 2 seat it would be a TF-51D
Having a second seat doesn't automatically make any Mustang a TF-51. Many Mustangs in civilian life were modified with a second seat, but they didn't have any controls in the back. I believe the Cavalier conversion did install a second seat in most if not all their planes.
I would have to do the research to see if this exact plane is indeed an actual TF-51 with full controls in the back.

I forgot to add earlier, nice set of photos Sam.

sam kumineczPhoto Uploader
Yea I assumed it was a TF because of
The time it spends at stallion51, the mustang training facility, runs about $1500/30 mins to rent.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
31-May-2024 P51Terre Haute Intl ()Rickenbacker Intl () 02:23PM EDT 03:21PM EDT 0:58
31-May-2024 P51Terre Haute Intl ()Terre Haute Intl () 01:21PM EDT 01:41PM EDT 0:19
30-May-2024 P51Chautauqua County/Dunkirk ()Terre Haute Intl () 01:07PM EDT 02:48PM EDT 1:40
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