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P-51 Crashes In Chandler AZ

Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:09 pm

Today a P-51 Lightning crashed at Stellar Airpark in Chandler AZ just south of Phoenix.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/c...shes-chandler-stellar-airpark.html

A hangar caught fire and sadly, 1 person is reported to have been killed. I'd imagine it's the pilot based on the description of the crash in the article.
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RE: P-51 Crashes In Chandler AZ

Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:40 pm

Quoting 4holer (Thread starter):
Today a P-51 Lightning crashed at....

Ummm... don't you mean Mustang?
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RE: P-51 Crashes In Chandler AZ

Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:00 pm

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.

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RE: P-51 Crashes In Chandler AZ

Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:39 pm

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.
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RE: P-51 Crashes In Chandler AZ

Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:57 pm

It was this P-51D known as Su Su...



Here's the birds details.

http://mustangsmustangs.net/p-51/survivors/pages/44-84850.shtml

Very sorry to hear a pilot lost his life, sounds like a great individual from what I read on another forums from someone that knows him personally. RIP.
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RE: P-51 Crashes In Chandler AZ

Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:05 am

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 4):
It was this P-51D known as Su Su..

   You are correct. Very sad.

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.

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RE: P-51 Crashes In Chandler AZ

Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:15 am

Here's another view:



The USAF on the wing places this paint scheme at 1948 or later. Just saying the paint scheme is not a reliable way to identify an aircraft like this.
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RE: P-51 Crashes In Chandler AZ

Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:15 am

Quoting boeingfixer (Reply 1):
Ummm... don't you mean Mustang?

Of course. Not sure why I had that on my mind.
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RE: P-51 Crashes In Chandler AZ

Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:51 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! My favorite Mustang.....  

RIP to the pilot...
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RE: P-51 Crashes In Chandler AZ

Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:10 pm

RIP to the pilot who as provided me with hours of enjoyment watching it fly around my neighborhood (I live in Chandler) .. have seen this plane often in my spotting .. so VERY SAD!!

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