It was raced in the 1940s with the civil registration N39502.
The NMUSAF has restored it as “Margie H”, flown by Lawrence Dye of the 16th Squadron, 27th Fighter Bomber Group, in Tunisia and Italy, except that the NMUSAF has used the aircraft’s true serial rather than the original Margie H’s serial 42-83836.
The going rate for a 30-minute ride as a passenger is currently about US00, and the cost increases when flying instruction is added. Although not a true technological prototype it is one of the most historically significant of all surviving World War II airplanes, and appropriately was owned by the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.Some of these operators are non-profit museums for which the ride program is a valuable revenue source. armed services were the fourth and tenth production Mustang Mk. Traded to the Experimental Aircraft Association in the 1970s in a deal that saw a Northrop Alpha go to the NASM, the XP-51 was restored to flying condition and displayed at Oskhosh airshows from 1976 to 1982. Army’s first operational use for the Mustang was as an attack platform, specifically a dive bomber.byram The Mustang was designed by Edgar Schmued and a team at North American Aviation.NAA produced the Mustang as an alternative to a British Purchasing Commission request that it license-produce the Curtiss P-40. After initially entering service with the Royal Air Force, the Mustang was evaluated and subsequently purchased by the U. Army Air Forces, which designated it the P-51 (fighter version), A-36 (early dive-bomber version), and F-6 (photoreconnaissance version).Mustangs were built in two NAA facilities, one in El Segundo, California on part of the present-day site of Los Angeles International Airport, and the other in Dallas, Texas. It was progressively developed into a first-rate fighter through the introduction of several features, most importantly the substitution of Packard Merlin V-1650 engines license-built from a Rolls-Royce design.
They were also license built in Australia by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corp. The Mustang was never the fastest, tightest-turning, toughest or best-armed of fighters, but it may have been the most effective compromise among these qualities of its time. S.’s allied and client nations where many served through the 1960s and the last few, in the Dominican Republic, were retired in 1984.
The dozens of Mustangs that participate regularly in airshows in the U. are geographically distributed well enough that almost any local airshow with the desire and budget is able to book one or two.
During the peak of warbird display flying in the 1980s and 1990s, several airshows per year featured 10 or more Mustangs, but currently such numbers occur only at the annual show at Chino, California; at the National Air Races in Reno, Nevada (in modified racing form); and at EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which typically draws 20 to 25 Mustangs.
The Mustangs that Dick and I have photographed are arranged below in order by variant and serial number. Is build for the Royal Air Force, which were diverted to serve as evaluation prototypes in case the U. Never an easy or safe airplane to keep flying because of the number of custom parts involved, the XP-51 was then retired to the EAA’s museum where it is still displayed. This variant was designated A-36 and saw action in the Mediterranean theatre.
The second-oldest Mustang in existence is an A-36 displayed at the National Museum of the USAF.
The aircraft is named after the feral horses found in the American west.