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North American P-51 Mustang (N5528N) - The late afternoon sun illuminating Thunderbird.
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North American P-51 Mustang (N5528N)

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The late afternoon sun illuminating Thunderbird.

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Vaughn Blue Jr
Wonder why it's called Thunderbird? It has the colors of the Blue Angels.
ken kemperPhoto Uploader
This P-51 C was restored to honor the P-51 Air Racer from 1949 that was Cobalt Blue & sponsored by Mobil Oil Co. with their Pegasus Horse Logo. Plane was named Thunderbird.
Interesting history how the original was owned at one time by Brig General Jimmy Stewart - WW2 B-24 pilot & superb actor.

But you are right Vaughn, the colors are todays Blue Angels.
Juan Martinez
Kind of ironic it's a Mustang but they called it "Thunderbird". James would be proud of this magnificent restoration. As for the blue color, It looks more metallic and darker than the Navy's Blue Angels color. Maybe it's the Air Force's Thunderbird blue? Hard to say since I can't find any good pictures with good lighting.
jesse kyzer
N5528N - 1943 P-51B-5-NA,43-6859:
https://www.aerialvisuals.ca/AirframeDossier.php?Serial=21106
WOW!once belonged to Jackie Cochran
https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/jackie-cochrans-north-american-aviation-inc-p-51c-mustang-racer-n5528n/
garritt
can I give you 7 stars*******
Tom Fox
That airplane should be chained to the ground instead of chocked. It looks like it could fly by itself....
ken kemperPhoto Uploader
Thank you Garritt & Tom.
I am laughing at your chained to ground comment Tom.
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