The North American P-51 Mustang
P-51 Who?   Case # 173
44-10947     NX1202     Closed
Solved by: Mark Hrutkay, Steve Gress, Tulio Soto, Jim Harley
P-51 Who 173
Case#: 173
Date: Jun 01 2002
By: Tony Clarke
Status: Closed
Serial: 44-10947
Registry: NX1202
P-51 Who? Viewer Responses
Mark Hrutkay
06/03/2002 07:45
Excalibur III in the National Air and Space Museum
Steve Gress
06/06/2002 10:14
This is Mr. Blair's P-51B, NX1202, that he set many records, such as across the north pole, and was one of Paul Mantz's mustang that he used for post war cross country racing. It was restored by the Smithsonian around 1977.

It was displayed in a California museum until just recently when it went back on display in the Smithsonian.
Tulio Soto
06/07/2002 22:17
This particular Mustang I believe it to be hanging at the Smithsonian in Washington. It was known as Excalibur, during the racing years of the 1940s-50s. There is a book published by the Smithsonian Press, about it.
Jim Harley
06/14/2002 13:26
Charlie Blair's Historic P-51C/ex Paul Mantz Machine nx1202 of Bendix Fame. She was restored by the NASM during the 70's with the help of Charles Blair himself providing much of the subcontracting funding. According the NASM book about the restoration Charles pioneered many of the airline "great circle routes" of navigation.
Case Closed!
P-51 Mustang

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