The North American P-51 Mustang
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The registration was then changed to NL51N, and it was painted overall silver, with invasion stripes and black and white checkers on the nose and rudder, by its new owner, Charles Ventors. The Mustang was then sold to Carl Bradley, of the Canadian Warplane Heritage, in 1982. The Mustang was repainted in 424 "City of Hamilton" squadron RCAF markings, with the codes BA-U applied. This was reflected in the Canadian registration it now wore, CF-BAU. The Mustang was virtually destroyed in a landing accident on a small country road after suffering an engine failure in 1984. Bradley and his passenger survived, but the Mustang was consumed by a post crash fire.
The identity of this Mustang was later used in a new Mustang rebuild performed by Pioneer Aero, of Chino, California, who built the aircraft up for the late Doug Arnold of Warbirds of Great Briton. This aircraft was painted in the famous markings of Eighth Air Force, 352nd FG ace John C. Meyer, as "Petie 2nd," and it was given the registration N314BG. The Aircraft went to England after completion, but since Doug Arnold's death, it has been operated by his son David under the banner "Flying 'A' Services."
It was truly an honor,