Aviation Photo #1988186 North American P-51D Mustang - Untitled

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The Unlimited Class racer "The Galloping Ghost" taking off for a qualifying session at the Reno Air Races. Steam can be seen flowing from the boil-off cooling system exhaust. This aircraft raced in the post-war Thompson Trophy races and later the Reno Air Races as "Miss Candace", "Jeannie" and "Specter". Unfortunately, this aircraft crashed three days later, killing the pilot, Jimmy Leeward, and ten spectators.
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    David Lednicer
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    North American P-51D Mustang
    North American P-51/A-36/F-6 Mustang/Apache
    North American P-51/A-36/F-6 Mustang/Apache
    North American
    109-35934
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    Reno - Reno-Stead
    Nevada
    USA
    September 13, 2011
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Anonymous
10 years ago
Great picture of The Ghost David. Thanks for sharing. RIP Jimmy.
Anonymous
8 years ago
My heart aches every time I see a photo of The Ghost. Such a beautiful plane, such a tragic fate.
Anonymous
6 years ago
R.I.P. Jimmy Leeward. R.I.P. "The Galloping Ghost" :(

(sighs, shakes my head in sadness.) (cue the song "Taps" being played in the background.)

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