KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11899 posts, RR: 52 Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10570 times:
RIP for the person who was killed, most likely, the Pilot of the P-51 Mustang. The news clip said it was a 1944 P-51 Mustang, which would have made it a "D" model, and the wreckage looks like a P-51D. But then again, it was painted in Olive Green, which was only on the much rarer P-51B model.
There are not that many flyable P-51s of the "B" or "D" model left, but there are more "Ds" than "B"s. Most P-51s surviving today were actually P-51Hs from after WWII.
boeingfixer From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 518 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10539 times:
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2): Most P-51s surviving today were actually P-51Hs from after WWII.
Actually the P-51H, or more correctly F-51H, is a rather unique bird and is quite different from the P-51D. There are currently only 3 F-51H's on the US civil registry while there are well over 100 P-51D's registered in the US alone. The P-51D is by far the most numerous version found today.
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2): it was painted in Olive Green, which was only on the much rarer P-51B model.
You are mistaken in a couple of ways. Never assume that warbird paint jobs are authentic, because few really are, and during the war standards varied from unit to unit. You could still find O.D. green aircraft of most any description all the way thru to the end of the war...nothing odd about a P-51D in green.
Edit: please note the national insignia...that red stripe was strictly post-war. No way is that a 1944 paint scheme.