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North American P-51 Mustang (4415137) - Air Venture 07-30-2016
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North American P-51 Mustang (4415137)

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Air Venture 07-30-2016

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Bill Bailey
That should read 44-15137, the first digit was always dropped.
Nice image.
John GiambonePhoto Uploader
Thank You Bill. Is there a resource I could go to too look up the full tail numbers of these military aircraft like this example?
Greg Byington
This is a great shot, John! When I need info on US military serial numbers I usually start out with Joe Baugher's web site:

http://www.joebaugher.com/

There is a TON of info there. Just remember that as a general rule USAF and US Army Air Corp aircraft have two digits at the beginning of their SN, and the first digit is normally not displayed on the aircraft. In the example of the P-51 above, the SN should be: 44-15137. And when I look it up on JB's web site it indicates that "Baby Duck" was "damaged by Russian La-5 fighter by mistake and made wheels-up belly landing at Konigsberg, Germany Mar 18, 1945."

Your P-51 here is painted as Baby Duck, but could be a different P-51. (Unless they found Baby Duck and restored it.) If you can get the FAA "N" number, you can look up it up and get its actual military serial number. (Any military aircraft that is not in active service - like a WWII P-51 - but is still flying will be registered with the FAA and have a civilian N number.) Here is the link for the FAA:

https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/

Hope that helps.
John GiambonePhoto Uploader
Greg Byington = Thank You so much for the information. I will check it out. Happy New Year to you and thanks again!
ron serafin
Great photo any idea who took it ?
Vinny Barbin
Now there are two American winners!
Greg Byington
Hey, you're very welcome, John!
sparkie624
Very nice shot... great timing...
Claude Ugo
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