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P-51D Mustang

Seen in the main hall of the Imperial War Museum's London site before the major redesign in preparation for the World War I anniversaries.

 

This particular aircraft was built in Inglewood, CA. and delivered to the USAAF in 1945. It is painted to represent "Big Beautiful Doll," the aircraft flown by Lieutenant Colonel J D Landers, who commanded the USAAF's 78th Fighter Group, which was based at RAF Duxford in 1945.

 

It was transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1951, serving with No. 416 Squadron. The Canadian government presented it to the IWM in 1968 and it became the first aircraft restored for display at the IWM's RAF Duxford site in Cambridgeshire.

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Taken on October 18, 2010