Triple Ace-Flown P-51D Mustang Old Crow
SKU ID #369150
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- Additional Details
- Ages: 8+
- Dimensions: 17" x 17" x 7"
- Made In: USA
The Triple Ace-Flown P-51D Mustang Old Crow is an iconic American aircraft of World War II. It also served in combat in Korea, while actually starting out as a British aircraft. The P-51D was designed and flown in just 178 days in response to a British proposal for a fighter-bomber. British officials wanted North American Aviation to build the Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk under license, but NAA President James “Dutch” Kindelburger persuaded them that his company could build a new, better design in less time.
“Old Crow,” in silver, owes its polished appearance to Col. Bud Anderson, a top fighter pilot with the famed 357th Fighter Group. In 1944, Anderson was flying a mission when he saw a number of Mustangs below him. The dark green Mustangs – like the one he was flying – stood out clearly against the snow. The silver Mustangs were harder to see – a valuable thing to know in combat. Anderson suggested that “Old Crow” be refinished in silver the next time it was down for maintenance – and the next day, Anderson found a gleaming silver “Old Crow.” Anderson went on to shoot down 16 enemy aircraft in World War II, and went on to fly combat in Vietnam.