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43-6859 NX5528N
43-6859     NX5528N
P-51 Survivor 43-6859 NX5528N
Crashed 1955
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Registry:
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P-51B-5NA

43-6859

NX5528N

History / Previous Identities:


1944: 363rd FG, 382nd FS
1944: Aug 4 - Crashed 2mi S of Coutance France - engine failure.
194?: NX5528N, Joe DeBona
1948: N5582N, "Thunderbird" #90, Joe DeBona, Bendix Race at Cleveland
1949: N5528N, rep. co-owned, Joe DeBona / Jimmy Stewart - Bendix Racer #90
1949: Bendix Race: 1st Place, 470 mph, Joe DeBona pilot rep. backed by Jimmy Stewart
1949: N5528N, Jacqueline Cochrane
1949: record set in Desert Center CA, Dec 12, 437 mph
1951: record set in Indo CA, Apr 9, 464 mph on 100km course
1953?: N5528N, DeBona / Stewart
1953:
Repainted and sponsored by CBS to fly the film reels of the UK Coronation Coverage. The film would be flown from UK to Labrador by a Canberra jet bomber. From there, the networks would have to get the film to Boston. The reels needed to get back to the CBS headquarters to be aired asap. NBC, not to be outdone, hired Paul Mantz's Mustang NX1204 to fly their reels back. ABC? tried to beat everyone by hiring a Canberra, who's pilot scratched the flight for political reasons. The two P-51s raced and it is rep. that CBS won the flying race, but was not first with the coverage. NBC convinced ABC to share its feed from CBC and both networks aired before CBS.

195?: N5528N, Jim Cook
1955: crashed, pilot Jim Cook bailed out because of a gear problem


this info was gathered from multiple sources and has not been 100% confirmed but makes a good story

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