Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, North American P-51H, P-51K, F-6K, and Cavalier Mustangs

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, North American P-51H, P-51K, F-6K, 

and Cavalier Mustangs

Data Current to 3 Dec 2018.

 (AFHRA Photo)

North American P-51H Mustang (Serial No. 44-64182), ca 1950.

North American P-51H Mustang (Serial No. 44-64203), being restored, Mike Coutches, Livermore, California.

 (NASA Photo)

North American P-51H Mustang flown by NACA for flight research during 1945.

 (Bill Larkins Photos)

North American P-51H-10-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64255), 194th Fighter Squadron, California Air National Guard, 17 Feb 1952.

 (Dsdugan Photo)

North American P-51H-5NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64265), PF-195, "Louisiana Heatwave", Museum of Aviation, Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia.  The Museum of Aviation’s P-51H was delivered to the USAAF in October 1945 and subsequently assigned to Pinecastle Army air Field (AAF), Florida.  In June 1946 it was transferred to Chanute AAF, Illinois as a ground instruction air-frame.  It continued in this status until May 1949 when it was dropped from the USAF inventory.  Subsequently it was placed at various locations around Chanute Air Force Base as a static display until 1993 when the base was closed.  It was then transferred to the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum at the former Chanute AFB in Rantoul, Illinois.  When the Museum closed in 2015 it was transferred to the Museum of Aviation.

North American P-51H-10NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64268), parts, Ken Williams, Robert Cambers, Red Oak, Texas.

 (Bill Larkins Photos)

North American P-51H-10-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64314), Reg. No. N551H, photo taken in 1969.

 (Bill Larkins Photo)

North American P-51H-10-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64314), unnamed, painted as (Serial No. 44-64551), Reg. No. N551H, Steven Coutches in Alamo, California.  Airworthy.

 (Bill Larkins Photo)

North American P-51H-10-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64350), 194th Fighter Squadron, California Air National Guard, ca 1953.

North American P-51H-5NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64375), Reg. No. N67149, being restored to airworthy status by P-51H LLC in Blaine, Minnesota.

 (Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)

North American P-51H-5NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64376), c/n 126-37802, unnamed, Lackland AFB in Texas.

 (Bill Larkins Photo)

North American P-51H-5NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64394), PF-394, 655, Hamilton Field, 6 April 1946.

North American P-51H-5NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64415), painted as RAF (Serial No. KN987), Reg. No. N49WB, Yesterday Museum, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 (USAF Photo)

North American P-51H-10-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64505) assigned to the 104th Fighter-Bomber Squadron during the 1954 Summer Encampment at in Massachusetts, being serviced by U.S. Air Force Maryland Air National Guard mechanics.  The Maryland National Guard flew F-51s from 1951 to 1955.

 (USAF Photo)

North American P-51H-10-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64573) in a close formation flight of fighters with the Maryland Air National Guard's aerobatic team "Guardian Angels".  Maryland had an aerial demonstration team from 1952 to 1953.

 (USAF Photo, California State Military Museum)

North American P-51H-10-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64600), 195th Fighter Squadron, California Air National Guard, ca 1953.

 (Bill Larkins Photo)

North American P-51H-10NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64633), FF-633, from Bolling Field, Washington, DC, visiting Oakland, California, Oct 1949.

North American P-51H-10NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-64697), 697, stored wreckage, Ken Williams, Robert Cambers, Red Oak, Texas.

 (USAAF Photo)

North American P-51K-5NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-11558), Wisconsin Air National Guard, 176th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

 North American P-51K-5NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-11807), Reg. No. N451K, being restored to airworthy status by Francis Butler in Grenville, South Dakota.

 (USAAF Photo)

North American F-51K-10NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-11992), 109th Fighter Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard, 1948.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

North American P-51K-10NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-12016), "Fragile but Agile", Reg. No. N98CF, Comanche Fighters LLC in Houston, Texas. Airworthy.

North American P-51K-10NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-12116), "Second Fiddle", Reg. No. NX79161, Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

North American P-51K-10NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-12118), Reg. No. N60752, being restored to airworthy status by Mark Tisler, Bemidji, Minnesota.

North American P-51K-10NT Mustang (Serial No.44-12119), painted as (44-12840), Reg. No. N119VF, in storage, Aadu Karemaa, San Diego, California.

North American P-51K-10NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-12481), Reg. No. N89DN, being restored to airworthy status by Brian Nelson, New Berlin, Wisconsin.

 (Bill Larkins Photo)

North American P-51K-10NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-12810), Napa, California, Aug 1947.

North American P-51K-10NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-12817), Reg. No. N5151T, being restored to airworthy status by Lindair Inc. in Sarasota, Florida.

North American F-6K-15NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-12840), "Kiss Me Kate", Reg. No. N51EW, Valhalla Aviation Inc., Los Angeles, California.  Airworthy.

 (Airwolfhound Photo)

North American F-6K-15NT Mustang (Serial No. 44-12852), painted as (44-13318), "Frenesi", Reg. No. N357FG, being restored to airworthy status by Dan Friedkin, Comanche Fighters LCC in Houston, Texas.

Cavalier Mustang II (Serial No. 67-14866), "Bum Steer", Reg. No. N20TF, Tom Friedkin, Texas.  Airworthy.

Cavalier Mustang II (Serial No. 67-22579), "Mormon Mustang", Reg. No. N551BJ, John Bagley, Rexburg, Idaho.  Airworthy.

 (Goshimini Photo)

Cavalier Mustang II (Serial No. 67-22580), "Six-Shooter", Reg. No. N2580, Chuck Hall, Ramona, California.  Airworthy.

 (Bzuk Photo)

 (Armchair Aviator's Photo)

Cavalier Mustang II (Serial No. 67-22581), previously Bolivian Air Force 523, later C-GMUS, currently painted as (Serial No. 44-13410), "Lou IV", Reg. No. N151MC, William Glover, Texas.

Cavalier Mustang II (Serial No. 68-15795), Minnisota Air National Guard Base, Minneapolis, Minnisota.

The Cavalier Mustang was a post-Second World War civilian-modified version of the North American P-51 Mustang.  Although originally intended as a high speed personal aircraft, the Cavalier was also exported for use as a fighter and close air support aircraft to third world air forces.  To construct the Executive Mustang, Trans Florida purchased military surplus P-51s.  The airframes were completely disassembled, the military equipment stripped out, and then rebuilt with a second seat, new avionics, plush leather interiors, luggage bays, and civilian paint schemes. 

Cavalier F-51D Mustangs included nine single control (F-51D) and two dual-control (TF-51D) aircraft.  They were given new serial numbers ranging from 67-XXXXX to 68-XXXXX. Nine (including two TF-51s) were given to Bolivia under a program called Peace Condor.  El Salvador and Indonesia also received Cavalier Mustangs.

 (USN Photo)

Two Cavalier Mustangs equipped with tip tanks, were sold to the US Army for use as chase aircraft, one of which is preserved at the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.  (Serial No. 68-15796) was used as a chase aircraft for the AH-56 "Cheyenne" attack helicopter project.  After the AH-56A project had been dropped, the Army Cavaliers were sent to NAS China Lake, California, where they were used in 106-mm recoilless rifle tests.  (Serial No. 68-15796) is shown here with the weapons attached at the wing-tips, 20 June 1974.

 (D Ramey Logan Photo)

North American XR P-51D Mustang (Serial No. 311), "Precious Metal", Reg. No. N8082U.  This aircraft was damaged on 8 Sep 2015 after suffering major damage from an engine fire after refueling at Marianna, Florida.  This is a heavily modified P-51D Reno Air Racer powered by an estimated 3,200 horsepower Griffon engine.  The XR designation was created by the race crew, and signifies the specially designed contra-rotating 3-Blade propellers.  "Precious Metal" is the only P-51 of its kind.  (Alsoreported as (Serial No. 44-88a), Reg. No. N6WJ).