North American P-51D Mustang
were asked by a Westen Australian client to source a P-51D, ship
it to Australia and restore the aircraft to airworthiness in 18
example never saw active service in the War but served with the
USAF until 1966, then there is very little record of its whereabouts
until we found it in 1999.
We based the colour scheme on the design adopted by Major William
A. Shomo (above) who scored 7 Japanese victories in a single day
in just over 10 minutes, on 11 January 1945 in his P-51D. He was
assigned to the 82nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Mindoro
Island in the Philippines. In recognition of this mission Major
Shomo received the Medal of Honour.
full WIKIPEDIA wartime story.
Rob Poynton (L) and Bill Willie (R) beside the fuselage of
The completed fuselage of the P51D
Painting the US insignia on the rear fuselage
The completed wing unit
She was delivered to the USAAF on 18 July 1945 and was never used
in anger in any military conflict. The restoration project was
completed in 18 months, from locating the aircraft in the US,
to its first flight for over 40 years.
A story in Classic Wings Magazine. Click for a larger view