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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 3:37 p.m. PST

"An old adage claims that money can't buy you happiness- but it can buy you a P-51 Mustang.

The legendary fighter plane is in unrestored condition, with an original engine and most of the same parts from when it came off the North American Aviation Assembly line in 1944.

Clad in a bizarre jungle camouflage pattern that would be more suited to an A-1 Skyraider of the Vietnam war, the D model Mustang once belonged to the Fuerza Aerea Guatemalteca (Guatemalan Air Force, though the Spanish translation makes for an unfortunate acronym), and was flown from 1954 until 1972, when it was bought by an American citizen. Still armed with .50 caliber machine guns (though their condition or status with the BATFE is unknown), the aircraft was enjoyed by the American pilot for about nine years before he put it in dry storage…."


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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 6:17 p.m. PST

Alas, if only it was priced higher.

I have no desire to spend such small change on a "fixer-upper", despite its much ballyhooed pedigree…………

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2019 12:06 p.m. PST



Lion in the Stars16 Apr 2019 3:25 a.m. PST

Man, last flown in 1983?!?

There's a good million to mil-and-a-half in restoration costs there. (Getting ATF permission on the .50cals would be time-consuming but trivial in cost, $200 USD per gun)

I'd have to bring her to the kids at the Idaho State University aircraft maintenance program. Partly because that's where I was trained, and partly because it'd be awesome experience for the airframe guys.

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