1943 North American P-51C-10 C/N 42-103293
The Collings Foundation's Mustang #42-103293 "Betty Jane" was built in Dallas, TX. It went through a meticulous restoration in 2004 and was rebuilt as a two-seat version of the P-51C. The WWII two-seat conversions of the P-51B/C were a field modification that could be used for training purposes and VIP transport. There were approximately a dozen P-51B/Cs converted from tired, war weary aircraft. The most famous of these was named "The Stars Look Down" and was used by Dwight Eisenhower. "Ike" rode in the back seat of that Mustang over the beaches of Normandy after the invasion on D-Day.
The Collings Foundation's Dual Control TP-51C "Betty Jane" is the only one of its type in existence today. Its paint scheme honors Col. Charles McCorkle, P-51 pilot and Commander of the 31st Fighter Group with bases in Algeria, Tunisia, Malta, Sicily and Italy. McCorkle was an excellent fighter pilot with 11 confirmed kills under his belt, 6 of them in a P-51 Mustang named "Betty Jane". The 31st led the Mediterranean Theatre of Operation in air combat victories with a total of 671 kills. Charles McCorkle lived in NH and passes away in 2009.